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Museum Of London to mark 40th anniversary of London Calling

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2019

The Museum Of London will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of The Clash album ‘London Calling’ with an exhibition about the band.

The museum says that its Clash exhibition, due to open on 15 Nov, will feature draft lyrics, stage clothes, photos and films, with the aim of providing a “new insight into their recording process and the making of ‘London Calling'”.

Sony Music will also release a special edition of the album to coincide with the exhibition, which will come with a 120 page book full of hand-written lyrics, notes, photos and previously unseen material from the period when the legendary record was made.

Confirming all this, the museum’s Beatrice Behlen says: “‘London Calling’ is The Clash’s defining album, a rallying call for Londoners and people around the world. The album’s lyrics reflected contemporary concerns, many of which are still relevant today, as it moved away from traditional punk by adopting and reworking much wider musical influences”.

“At the Museum of London, we tell the stories of our capital through the objects and memories of the people who have lived here”, she goes on. “This display will provide a brand new, exciting and vibrant take on this, showcasing rarely seen personal objects and telling the incredible story of how ‘London Calling’ was, and for many still is, the sound of a generation”.