On Dec. 14, 1979, British band the Clash released their seminal third album, London Calling, breaking through to Americans with their socially conscious lyrics and experimental mix of punk, reggae, ska, and rockabilly. Years later the album, featuring such hits as the title track and "Train in Vain," was ranked No. 8 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of London Calling, take a look at photos from the Clash's heyday. Pictured…

On Dec. 14, 1979, British band the Clash released their seminal third album, London Calling, breaking through to Americans with their socially conscious lyrics and experimental mix of punk, reggae, ska, and rockabilly. Years later the album, featuring such hits as the title track and "Train in Vain," was ranked No. 8 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of London Calling, take a look at photos from the Clash's heyday. Pictured…

The Clash photographed by Pennie Smith

The Clash photographed by Pennie Smith

In 1981 I happened to see Joe Strummer – he was the singer for the punk rock band The Clash – on the tube. I saw him sitting on the other side of the seat, but I thought he was too private – he might get too angry – but I was trying to be brave, I went up to him and asked him ‘may I take a picture of you.’ he smiled and said ‘yes’, and I clicked several shots. Just before he got off the train he said to me, ‘You should take photos of whatever you want. That’s punk.

In 1981 I happened to see Joe Strummer – he was the singer for the punk rock band The Clash – on the tube. I saw him sitting on the other side of the seat, but I thought he was too private – he might get too angry – but I was trying to be brave, I went up to him and asked him ‘may I take a picture of you.’ he smiled and said ‘yes’, and I clicked several shots. Just before he got off the train he said to me, ‘You should take photos of whatever you want. That’s punk.

The Clash members: Joe Strummer,  Nicky "Topper" Headon and Paul Simonon.

The Clash members: Joe Strummer, Nicky "Topper" Headon and Paul Simonon.

Joe Strummer #Shirts

Joe Strummer #Shirts

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(L-R) Mick Jones, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash on stage at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA. March 1st or 2nd 19...

(L-R) Mick Jones, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash on stage at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA. March 1st or 2nd 19...

Clash city rockers  They look so young in this picture! (PCC)

Clash city rockers They look so young in this picture! (PCC)

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The Clash, 1976

The Clash, 1976

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