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Norwich hosts The Clash exhibition

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:24 02 July 2010

Norwich is to host an exhibition of memorabilia collected by The Clash co-founder Mick Jones

Norwich is to host an exhibition of memorabilia collected by The Clash co-founder Mick Jones

Kim Briscoe

The golden record of London's Calling, wellington boots designed by model Kate Moss, prints from Andy Warhol's The Factory and a painting by Pete Doherty smeared with his own blood.

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The golden record of London's Calling, wellington boots designed by model Kate Moss, prints from Andy Warhol's The Factory and a painting by Pete Doherty smeared with his own blood.

These are just some of the bizzarre items collected throughout a lifetime of punk rock by The Clash co-founder Mick Jones and now his extensive personal archive of paraphernalia will be on show in Norwich - the only place outside London to see what has been described by critics as a “deeply unusual exhibition”.

Jones was The Clash's lead guitarist and co-wrote their songs alongside Joe Strummer, before enjoying success in the 80s fronting Big Audio Dynamite and more recently with Carbon/Silicon.

All the while he has hoarded pop-cultural bric-à-brac, including mementos and promotional items from his own career, as well as guitars, stage clothes, musical equipment, posters, books, videos, magazines, photographs and signage.

For 17 years the collection, entitled 'The Rock & Roll Public Library', was stored in a warehouse space on an industrial estate in west London, but when it was first shown at the Chelsea Space in London last year it cause a stir.

Jones, 56, said: “The Rock & Roll Public Library comprises a personal, cultural and social history of our times, and through that it extends beyond the local to the global.”

The exhibition is a real coup for The Gallery at Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA), where it will be on display from April 13 to May 22.

When the exhibition opens at the St George's Street venue, it will be the first opportunity to see the collection outside London.

The show is also expected to strengthen the city's bid to become the UK's first City of Culture in 2013.

NUCA principal John Last said: “An event like this distinguishes art education from other academic subjects.

“In this digital age archives and documents are increasingly central to the study of contemporary art. This archive represents 'The Knowledge' that our culture is based on. We are delighted to host such a fascinating and well received collection at NUCA.”

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.

Do you have a story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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