The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 708: The 35th Anniversary of The Clash’s London Calling

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.

Clash - London Calling

 

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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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 708: The 35th Anniversary of The Clash’s London Calling

  • January 18, 2015 at 11:08 am
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    Very Cool show Alan.

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