Justin Thomas Photography

The Clash

 The Clash

Music Machine, Camden - 26/7/1978


The Clash were my favourite band of the time, they had SO much energy! It was very difficult to shoot them ’cos it was impossible to stand still, you would be moved from pillar to post by the crowd. The Music Machine had elevated areas on each side of the stage, so I made sure I was at the head of the queue and secured a position up there. The moment they came on, I climbed up onto one of the speakers. The security were telling me to get down, but there was no way they could get to me. I could take my photos without being nudged every five seconds. The place was packed; many of the fans had got in by climbing through the toilet windows and it was well over capacity. Towards the end of the show, I got a frame of Jimmy Pursey from Sham 69 jumping off the speaker on the other side and just missing Paul Simenon’s head. On the next song Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols came on, and, as far as I know, it was the ONLY time The Pistols and The Clash shared a stage together.

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