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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: Punk masters, but infinitely more than Punk: truly great musicians committed to not only political revolution but musical fusion.

The Clash 1978

Drummer Nicky 'Topper' Headon, guitarist Mick Jones, singer Joe Strummer - and bassist Paul Simonon of British punk group The Clash in New York in (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

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The Clash outside Notre Dame hall in Leicester Square, 1979 by Virginia Turbett

The Clash - Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones

The Clash at the Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan Hall Tokyo, January 1982 by Sho Kikuchi

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The Clash one of the most relevant bands and propelled Punk to new heights. London Calling is still one of my favorite songs.


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The Clash, 1977

The Clash photographed by Adrian Boot, 1978 never heard of this band but i should try them out.

The Clash - Joe Strummer, Mick Jones.

The Clash - Joe Strummer, Mick Jones.