The Clash “The Clash” (debut studio) album cover, signed in black and blue marker by Mick Jones, Topper Headon, and Paul Simonon.
In very fine condition with very minimal edge wear to corners. Will frame up great.
There is some contrast to Simonon’s autograph (he had nowhere else to sign it).
The vinyl record is NOT included.
Signed at RARE private signings.
Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source (Lifetime Guarantee) and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services (BAS).
THE CLASH are a very difficult band to obtain with all four signatures (or even with three) – especially on an album.
The Clash is the debut studio album by English punk rock band the Clash. It was released on 8 April 1977 through CBS Records. Written and recorded over three weeks in February of 1977 for a paltry £4,000, it would go one to reach #12 on the UK charts, and has been included on many retrospective rankings as one of the greatest punk albums of all time.
Songs on the album were largely composed by guitarists Joe Strummer and Mick Jones during writing sessions in Jones’s grandmother’s home, with the notable exception of the reggae cover “Police and Thieves“. Several songs from these sessions, including “Janie Jones“, “White Riot“, and “London’s Burning” became classics of the punk genre and were among the first punk songs to see significant presence on singles charts. The album featured Jones and Strummer sharing guitar and vocal duties, along with Paul Simonon on bass and Terry Chimes on drums.
The album was not released in the US until 1979, making it their second US release. The US version also included a significantly different track listing, changing the track order and swapping out several songs for non-album tracks recorded in the interim.
Spin magazine ranked the album number 3 in its list of the 50 Most Essential Punk Records, and wrote “Punk as alienated rage, as anticorporate blather, as joyous racial confusion, as evangelic outreach and white knuckles and haywire impulses”.
In 2003, the US version was ranked number 77 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time about which was said “youthful ambition bursts through the Clash’s debut, a machine-gun blast of songs about unemployment, race, and the Clash themselves.”
In March 2003, Mojo magazine ranked The Clash number 2 in its Top 50 Punk Albums, writing that the album was “the ultimate punk protest album. Searingly evocative of dreary late ’70s Britain, but still timelessly inspiring”.