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The Clash’s Iconic ‘London Calling’ Bass To Be Permanently Displayed At Museum Of London

Paul Simonon‘s Fender Precision bass guitar, which he smashed during The Clash‘s concert at New York’s Palladium, is going to be permanently displayed at the Museum of London.

The smashed guitar, a picture of which was used as the iconic cover artwork for the band’s London Calling album, will go on display beginning July 23 in the World City gallery, the museum announced.

“The iconic bass was last played on stage at The Palladium in New York City on 20 September 1979, during the band’s Take the 5th tour of North America,” reads a description of the upcoming exhibit.

“At the end of the show, Simonon smashed his guitar in a moment of frustration, which became an iconic symbol of rebellion,” the description adds. “The moment was captured by Pennie Smith, whose photograph was subsequently featured on the cover of The Clash’s third album London Calling released in the winter of 1979.”

(Photo: © The Clash Archive)

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