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Pennie Smith

Leah takes us on the journey into The Only Band That Matters and their iconic photo. That’s right, we’re talking about Pennie Smith’s photo of the London Calling album by The Clash. Did you know that photo nearly never happened? The story is incredible!

Show Notes & Extras

  • This month’s Gal-Pals are: Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Jenn Berk
  • Bonnie already talked about Dr. Katie Bouman
  • Get to know you question – what rock n’ roll photography comes to mind?
  • Leah gives examples (pics below)
  • Leah’s 1 Cool Photographer is Pennie Smith
  • The Only Band that Matters – The Clash
  • Pennie took the iconic photo of the London Calling Album
  • Twickenham Art School
  • Frenz magazine
  • First tour gig – Led Zeppelin
  • 1975 Earl’s Court pictures (below)
  • NME
  • Gonzo Journalism
  • 1976 the road to the photograph
  • The photo that nearly never happened
  • “Better Shapes”
  • American tour
  • NYC Palladium
  • 21st Night of September
  • Paul was in a bad mood
  • Bouncers
  • “In the blast zone”
  • Looking for an album cover
  • “You’re Bloody album!”
  • Other bands who mentioned the photo
  • What Penny thought of the photo in 2019
  • Voted greatest photo
  • Side bits
  • See the smashed guitar
  • the watch
  • London Calling was recorded in August 1979 (42 years ago!!!!)
  • Joe Strummer’s birthday is August 21
  • Neil Diamond
  • Hivemind help on Zeppelin timing
  • The Ramones
  • Tom Waits
  • Oasis
  • “People not business”
  • Playful



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