The Clash: six pages of original Ray Lowry US tour diary artwork for the New Musical Express, September-October 1979,
Lot 310
The Clash: Six pages of original Ray Lowry US tour diary artwork for the 'New Musical Express', September-October 1979,
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,600 - 9,900
Auction Details
Lot Details
Punk
The Clash: Six pages of original Ray Lowry US tour diary artwork for the 'New Musical Express',
September-October 1979,
pen and ink with some collage, drawings and text, full of Lowry's wry comments on events, including: Meet the Clash at the Second Annual 'Tribal Stomp' at Monterey Fairgrounds. Saturday September 8th 1979 on the very same stage Jimi Hendrix abused with his little tin of lighter fuel all those years ago. Ahh history, Ahh bullshit. What had happened was that at the end of the Hendrix/Otis Festival the gates were padlocked, barbed wire was strung around the arena and armed police refused to let anyone enter or leave until yesterday - the first concert of the Clash 1979 Tour Of The Americas. Well, naturally a lot of those inside had died, many had gone insane, thinking it was still 1967, and the really clever ones had gravitated to the backstage area where they humped masses of speaker cabinets around or listlessly pushed drum risers from one side of the stage to the other. The musicians had all escaped in private helicopters but the more impressionable members of the audience carried on applauding and shouting ''Rart On!'' or ''Oh Burother!''at any onstage activity. After yesterday's unlocking the first survivor to make contact with those from outside was the legendary Wavy Gravy. Still at his zingy best after so many years, he stumbled around dressed in a Santa Claus outfit and demanded the answer to the always pertinent question ''What does Diddy Wah Diddy mean?'' What a cat, huh? When the Clash arrived to play to the dazed survivors the more lively ones gathered round to marvel at their bizarre dress and photograph these outrageous English guys hairstyles..., one sheet in two sections, the largest 10½ x 13 inches (26.5x33cm)

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  • These were won by the vendor in a competition run by the NME.
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