Hello again good people and welcome back to the blog. I was clicking my way through ebay this week and realised I needed someone who might consider themselves a bit of a Clash historian and/or autograph expert. In addition to the numerous Clash t-shirts that seem to be coming out of storage or in some cases dusty bottom drawers I’m also seeing a huge rise in the number of posters finding their way online.
While a vintage t-shirt isn’t really something you can wear and expect it to last that long, a well preserved and framed poster is that much more appealing. It’s annoying to see some posters that I remember sitting in record shops now fetching big money, bloody hindsight eh? There are a number of concert and record promo posters currently on ebay which I thought we’d take a look at and if any of you have a valid way of knowing what’s legitimate please let me know, let’s assume all are for now.
Online auctions have become the easiest way to collect punk era memorabilia if that’s your thing but unfortunately there are a number of frauds there too so be careful. If you’re ever considering a large purchase send it over to the blog first as chances are a reader of the blog can validate the item for you, for example steer well clear of the red felt tip written ‘early setlists’ (Screen on The Green etc) that seem to magically keep popping up on ebay. On to the posters then which range from the magnificent to the almost affordable, most as best I can tell are the real thing:
1976 Screen on The Green promo poster – The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks – $2,000
1980 London Calling original promo poster – $1,449
1999 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Rock Art promo poster, autographed by Joe Strummer – $626
1977 The Clash at Manchester Electric Circus poster – $500
1982 The Clash Combat Rock Tour Detroit – $399
1988 Joe Strummer & Latino Rockabilly War Liverpool - $299 (there are a few of these knocking about)
1982 Combat Rock – Epic promo poster – $250 (many of these online all the time, shop around)
1991 The Clash on Broadway promo poster – $150
1977 The Clash NME Cover framed (Lester Bangs feature) – $106 (might do better bulk shopping for old NMEs)
1980 Rude Boy promo poster – French – $90
1980 The Clash in Hamburg – $75 (perhaps the most inconsistently priced poster the last year or two, always on ebay)
1980 Rude Boy promo poster – Yugoslavia – $50 (novelty value but rather cool if in part to see Joe listed as Dzoe Stramer)
Got a favourite? What is on your walls? I’ll focus on the less expensive end of the poster market next time.
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Good Sunday morning and I hope all is well with you. I noticed it’s sunny and warm in England it’s also Glastonbury this weekend, a sure sign that the end of the world might be approaching. It seemed the buzz last night was the appearance of a famous old English band who haven’t made a good album since the age of the 8-track, amazing what longevity will do for you. Not to be a spoilsport but I just can’t share the excitement for a band who represent a time long before mine. I also wanted to thank you for the giant outpouring of good wishes to Mick Jones earlier in the week to mark his 58th birthday, I don’t know if he read them but I’ll encourage others to get him to do so – some great messages in there too so thank you all for taking part.
Mick celebrated his birthday that evening in Acton and I’ve got some photos to share from that – just sorting out the details but expect those soon.
A busy week for Mick then as he and Topper also appeared at the Hilton Park Lane in London to collect the Silver Clef award from Nordoff Robbins which I’d previously written about here. As someone noted on the FB page it would have been lovely to have seen Joe/the entire band collecting the gong but it’s still absolutely great to see them honoured in such a fashion. For my money this award is especially great as the foundation do so much wonderful work for those who need support via music therapy. Speaking of great it’s also great to see Topper in such fine form as you can see in the photos below. A fantastic honour for the band and further evidence of the imprint they left.
Mick and Topper at the Nordoff Robbins awards (images courtesy contactmusic.com)
I’ve occassionally had conversations with some of you who remember as clearly as I do that during the period from about 1986 until the mid-late 1990′s when The Clash were hardly spoken of and even less often remembered by the press and industry as a whole, this current (and growing) increase of recognition for their work wasn’t always the case. Much like a great artist and composer many of whom died penniless it seems the ability to recognise true genius can sometimes take some time in coming. It’s almost as if the late 1980′s tried to gradually disown everything associated with punk rock and mistakenly threw everything in the skip at once. Hard to believe now but in that era if you cited The Clash as perhaps the most important band of the last 15 years people would have instead suggested U2 or The Stone Roses as the true standard bearers.
That The Clash never sold the quantity of records as others or performed to endless sold out stadiums had much to do with timing and the industry itself but also that the band were never structured to elevate things to that level, it was probably the pressured of the era of Combat Rock success that hastened the end of the band after all. Trips to see the Pope and endless jaunts of american football and baseball stadiums were never going to fit in the gameplan for The Clash. I’ve seen so many bands play small venues and years later return to play massive ones and I’ve yet to see one who truly holds that connection with the audience once they reach a certain level, I’m just not sure that it’s even possible.
The lasting legacy of The Clash is now seeming more assured and that’s as it should be, in a few decades anyone who saw the band live will be eligible for a free bus pass but I think that the legacy is now in better hands. What I find most thrilling is when I hear from those who read the blog are those who only through the lottery of date of birth were too young to have witnessed the band but fully understand the importance of the music and the message. Long may it continue.
Mick and Topper arriving at the awards and signing autographs from 3:54-4:11 (no sound)
Hello again and thanks for dropping back in. I’ve already written a few paragraphs about today being Mick Jones 58th Birthday even though he’s forever 23 in my head. So I won’t repeat myself here but I did want to share a handful of some my favourite Mick videos over the years although it’s hard to choose under pressure, hopefully one or two you’ve not seen. You might want to play loud as we toast the man.
When you look back at these the years just roll away and the scope of Mick’s work begins to really register.
Keep on playing Mick, you bring untold happiness to all of us.
London’s Burning & Complete Control – Munich 1977
Hate and War (Alright Now) – 1979
London Calling / Train in Vain (Fridays) - improved video quality 1980
Medicine Show (The Tube) late ’85 I think
With The Libertines – Time for Heroes & Should I Stay or Should I Go – 2004
The News – 2008
Stay Free at the R&R Public Library – 2009
The Other 99 – 2011
B.A.D. Soundcheck (Los Angeles 2011) Thanks to GilW
Stay Free with The Justice Tonight Band – 2012