Punk was dying. After burning very hot and very bright for a couple of years, it had played itself out. Most people thought it had nowhere to go. But then on December 14, 1979, The Clash released London Calling, a double vinyl record that forced it to pivot into brand new direction. In doing so, the record was hailed as one of the greatest in the history of rock’n’roll.
This week, it’s a deep, deep dive into London Calling for some of the astonishing stories behind how it was written and how it was recorded. Think there isn’t anything else that can be said about this record? Think again.
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