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De Niro, Cannibals and Punk Rock: Mick Jones Narrates the True Adventures of the Clash

The guitarist breaks down photos from the new book “The Clash”


Photograph by Bob Gruen

Topper Headon, Joe Strummer, David Johansen and Debbie Harry at New York's Palladium in 1979: "The guy in the middle is Al Field," says Mick Jones.  "He was a kind of bluesy piano player, and we got him to play on 'Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad.'"

CLASH BOOK: PRESS-1976 group shot

Photo: UrbanImage.TV/Adrian Boot

Birth Of The Classic Lineup

One of The Clash's first pictures with new drummer Nicky "Topper" Headon.


Photo: Van Rossen / Redferns / Retna

Clash City Rocker

"This photo really encapsulates Joe [Strummer]'s passion," Mick Jones says of this late-Seventies shot. "The interesting thing is that Joe was left-handed, but he played a right-handed guitar. It meant his most dexterous hand was opposite where it usually is."


Photo: Val Wilmer/Redferns/Retna

White Riot

Mick Jones onstage at the 1978 Rock Against Racism concert in London. "It was our largest audience to date," he says. "The Tom Robinson Band headlined it, but we're the ones everyone remembers."


Photo: Pennie Smith

You Talkin’ To Me?

Strummer and Robert De Niro in 1980. "We had a cameo in Scorsese's The King of Comedy," says Jones. "When he was cutting Raging Bull, we got to see some of it. It was cool, because Raging Bull was the film of the time and London Calling was the record of that time."

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