White van in Hammersmith Palais
Mick Jones will be busy loading up the van this spring as he prepares for a life laundry/exhibition. The Rock and Roll Public Library - the Clash legend's near-legendary collection of books, records, posters, and other pop-culture ephemera is set to go on public display this March.
The collection - as featured on the cover of The Last Post - also includes artwork, instruments, recording gear, stage clothes and original song lyrics from Mick's time in The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite and - more recently - Carbon/Silicon.
"Here in this room of madness was a kind of archive.. an archive of popular culture across such a broad spectrum from the last fifty years and suddenly a light dawned....... It wasn’t mad..it was ..AMAZING... all that stuff was the greatest library of ideas imaginable and what had been formally and very affectionally known as “the library of a madman” was suddenly becoming “the Rock and Roll Public Library..” suddenly we had this amazing store of knowledge and that this store was part of the band and it’s ideas."
-Tony James, October 2007
The exhibition will take place at London's Chelsea Space, from the 18th of March until 18th April.