The image of Clash bassist Paul Simonon, a sometime Brixton resident, about to shatter his guitar has been turned into sculpture by a Swedish artist.
Named as the greatest rock photo of all time by Q magazine in 2002, it was captured by Pennie Smith at the Palladium in New York on 21 September 1979.
The black and white photograph was the cover for the band’s London Calling album, released later that year with The Guns of Brixton, written and sung by Simonon, a standout track.
Now an artist who exhibits internationally, Tobias Eklund, also a musician, a listened to The Clash a lot as a teenager.
“I’d been fantasising for a long time about making a sculpture of Paul Simonon breaking his bass on the cover of London Calling,” he told the Blog.
“After a period of detective work via galleries in London, I finally got hold of the photographer who took the picture, Pennie Smith.
“She contacted Paul Simonon and both of them gave me permission to make a steel sculpture in an edition of 76 copies of her picture.”
The price for a sculpture is 4,000 Swedish Krona – about £340 at today’s exchange rate.
An exhibition of Metzger’s early works is due to open online and at the Ben Uri gallery in North London in June.