‘The Clash’ London’s burning 1976

Out of the Shadow – Part 2

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‘When I think of the punk years, I always think of one particular spot, just at the point where the elevated Westway diverges from Harrow Road and pursues the line of the Hammersmith and City tube tracks to Westbourne Park Station. From the end of 1976, one of the stanchions holding up the Westway was emblazoned with large graffiti which said simply, ‘The Clash’. When first sprayed the graffiti laid a psychic boundary marker for the group – This was their manor, this was how they saw London.’ Jon Savage ‘Punk London’ Evening Standard 1991

‘All across the town, all across the night, everybody’s driving with full head lights, black or white turn it on face the new religion, everybody’s sitting round watching television, London’s burning with boredom now, London’s burning dial 999, Up and down the Westway, in and out the lights, what a great traffic system, it’s so bright, I can’t think of a better way to spend the night than speeding around underneath the yellow lights.’ The Clash ‘London’s Burning’ 1976

Info and image from Tom Vague’s History of Notting Hill more here

More rocking n rolling on the way… don’t touch that dial!

One Response to “‘The Clash’ London’s burning 1976”

  1. how strange… i wrote the very same graffiti on the wall of my building in a Paris suburb town – called then : the redbelt – back in 1978!!!
    it’s all gone now…

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