Check out the original album cover artwork for The Clash’s ‘London Calling’

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The original album cover artwork by Ray Lowry for ‘London Calling’ by the Clash

Ray Lowry (1946-2008) first met the band in 1976. The artist saw the raw energy of the Clash, the Sex Pistols and other punk bands as a perfect match to that expressed in the 1950s’ rock and roll that he loved. Some of the sketches in this lot clearly show Lowry’s original, and very different, concept for the album cover but it was Smith’s grainy black and white photograph, capturing in a split second the spirit of rock music, that suggested to Lowry the imagery used on Elvis Presley’s debut album, and its pink and green lettering.

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