Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Rock & Roll #London #Pub Walk is Back! Starts Tonight!

DC Editor and Rock'n'Roll London guide Adam writes…

It's back! Tonight I'm leading the first Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk of 2017. Meet me at Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) 7pm.

The first pub stop is The Alley Cat Bar on Denmark Street…

… where I'll be performing a short live set as part of the tour…


The special theme of tonight's walk is The Clash

… and I'll be adding three extra Clash-specific locations to the usual route.

Forty years ago this Saturday, The Clash's debut album was released on CBS.


Here's an extra location to look for after the walk is over, next time you are in Camden Town – the sleeve shot for The Clash's first album.

When selecting a London location for their debut album sleeve, it was never going to be the case that The Clash would pick Big Ben.

The sleeve shot for their eponymous debut album, released 35 years ago this weekend (8th April 1977) was captured at Camden Market, opposite Rehearsals Rehearsals with photography by Kate Simon. The back of the sleeve features a shot from the 1976 Notting Hill carnival riots.

Only three members of the band appear on the sleeve – left to right, Paul Simonon, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. Drummer Terry Chimes is credited on the sleeve, billed as Tory Crimes.

To find the location, enter via the main gate of Stables Market on Chalk Farm Road and turn to the left. Look for the building with the long run of steps – no steps in the Clash's day (see sleeve above), just a sloped walkway (it was a former stable).

(Footnote: the sleeve shot for the band's 1979 album London Calling was actually shot onstage not in London but in New York City.)

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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