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Pennie Smith

Pennie Smith made one of the the most famous photographs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll – the cover image for London Calling.

Pennie Smith is one of the UK’s leading rock photographers.

She had been photographing for NME when she first met The Clash in 1976.  She recalls ” They knew my work through NME. I think they decided  I was the photographer for them because I could do in pictures what they made in noise. ” She stayed with them throughout their US tour in 1979, and a book of her Clash photographs, The Clash Before and After, was published in 1980 by Eel Pie Publishing.  She is modest about her contribution:  ” I don’t think I created their image – I just added atmosphere and perhaps the setting to the image they already had .” 

Pennie rarely exhibits her work, as she is still a full time working photographer.

London Calling (1979)

London Calling by Pennie Smith
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The classic London Calling album cover photograph. 

It is one of the most famous photographs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. It is not cheap, but sometimes the good stuff has to hurt a little.

The photograph shows Paul Simonon about to smash up his bass during a show at The Palladium, New York City on 21 September 1979. It is an acclaimed shot, receiving the ultimate accolade from Q Magazine by being voted the best rock and roll photograph of all time. Pennie had accompanied The Clash throughout their 1979 US tour, and very nearly didn’t attend this particular concert. In the end she chose to turn down the offer to go out with friends and ended up stage right at The Palladium. The band were used to getting a big response from their US audiences, but not on this night – The Palladium had fixed seating. Paul’s frustration turned to anger, and then he lost it completely. His watch stopped at 9.50pm. Later, when it was time to choose an image for the cover of London Calling, the band spent a long time pouring over hundreds of Pennie’s photographs from the tour. Joe Strummer saw this shot on the contact sheet and said “That one”.

Sandinista! (1980)

This is the Sandinista! album cover photograph. 

On this original photograph you can see the West Ham graffiti that was removed from the actual Sandinista! LP cover artwork.

Pennie Smith photographed the group behind Kings Cross/ St Pancras Station in London. The group had recently finished shooting a video for ‘The Call Up’, and Mick Jones is still wearing the helmet he wore for the filming.

Sandinista! by Pennie Smith
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Temple of Wax

Let us celebrate your all-time favourite piece of music with an incredible bespoke artwork – made just for you.

We all have a favourite vinyl record, right? One that connects with us in a special way. With our bespoke service, The Temple of Wax, we take that cherished vinyl record and transform it for you into a large-scale work of art that you can hang on your wall and enjoy every single day.

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Roberta Bayley

Roberta Bayley photographed The Clash, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, and many more punk and new wave artists in New York in the late seventies.

She bought a camera in November 1975 and by 1980, in Roberta’s words, ‘I’d pretty much photographed everyone I had ever wanted to photograph who was still alive’.

Joe Strummer, NYC 1
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Joe Strummer, NYC 2
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Joe Strummer, portrait
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Keith Haynes

Keith’s work explores pop art in its purest form, using album sleeves, record labels, badges and, of course, beautiful vinyl records – the hard currency of pop culture – to create striking and witty pop art pieces with a strong graphic design aesthetic.

Clash Guns – Bank Robber – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Tommy Gun – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – I Fought The Law (grey label) – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Straight to Hell – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Hammersmith Palais – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Rock The Casbah – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – I Fought The Law (blue label) – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – English Civil War – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – The Call Up – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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The Clash – Guns series

The Clash “Guns” series is a beautiful collection that nicely encapsulates Keith’s style.

Cut from original Clash seven inch singles that themselves reference guns – be it in their song titles, subject matter or graphic design – each is supplied in a 25 x 25 cm  / 10 x 10 inch black box frame ready to hang. They are a nice size for small spaces and work well individually or in groups.

Subject covered include: Bankrobber, I Fought The Law, Guns of Brixton, Tommy Gun, (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (with its gun label), English Civil War and The Call Up.

These entry-level signed limited edition pieces are very collectible.

The Clash – Five Guns

A larger format 60 x 60 cm piece incorporating five singles cut into guns

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Other Clash artwork by Keith Haynes

Keith’s portrait of Joe Strummer is made with original cut vinyl. The large portrait measures 70 x 70 cm and is presented in a perspex box frame for a clean and uncluttered contemporary finish.

Joe Strummer – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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The Clash – star – in 52 x 52 cm black box frame
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Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen has been photographing musicians since the mid-sixties, but his heyday was the mid-seventies when he photographed the punk and new wave explosion.

The Clash, Live in Boston
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The Clash, 1978
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Joe Strummer on a plane, 1980
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The Clash, Smokestacks
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Joe Strummer, NYC, 1981
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Joe Strummer and Gaby Salter in NYC, 1981
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The Clash at Top of The Rock in New York City, June 1981
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Paul Simonon on the tour bus, 1979
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Mick Jones, Paul Simonon & Joe Strummer, USA, 1979
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The Clash outside the Gruenmobile, 1978
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Kai Schäfer

Kai Schäfer is an acclaimed German photographer with a passion for vinyl records and iconic turntables.

Each of his artworks features a key album or single on a classic turntable, photographed from a direct overhead position using a special lighting system designed by Kai to reveal rich details in the vinyl and the turntable.

You can commission a piece with a record of your choice teamed up with a classic turntable.  Alternatively, you can select any of the existing combinations of vinyl and turntable that Kai has already photographed, such as this piece featuring The Clash’s London Calling.

The Clash – London Calling – on Dual 1219
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Limited edition Album Cover Artwork

This set of six limited edition prints has been released by The Clash and each one is signed by Paul Simonon and Mick Jones.

Each print is produced in a limited edition of 150 from the original album cover artwork on Somerset Photo Satin 300 gsm paper. They occupy a generous chunk of wall: each print measures 76x78cm (30×31 inches), with an image size measuring approximately 58x58cm  (23×23 inches).

The Clash (1977)
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Give Em Enough Rope (1978)
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London Calling (1979)
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Black Market Clash (1980)
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Sandinista (1980)
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Combat Rock (1982)
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Brian Aris

Brian Aris began his career as a photojournalist where, over the course of nine years, he captured a series of frontline assignments that took him around the world. He then started photographing fashion and glamour models for newspapers and magazines, before again changing his direction for the next two decades to photograph every aspect of the music scene.

The Clash
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Morgan Howell

Morgan creates original paintings of seven-inch singles, but on a huge scale, and in three dimensions rather than two.

His supersize singles measure 27 x 27 inches, approximately fifteen times the surface area of the original singles on which they are based. Limited edition prints are also available. 

You can read about Morgan’s work here.

The Clash, White Man – Blue
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The Clash, White Man – Yellow
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The Clash, White Man – Green
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The Clash, White Man – Pink
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Matt Grainger

Artist Matt Grainger’s colourful limited-edition prints are a tribute to seminal bands, iconic gigs, albums and historical music moments.

Matt’s vibrant limited edition prints have been a big hit with gallery visitors.

The Clash
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