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Unseen photos of the Clash on show

PUBLISHED: 15:45 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:56 02 July 2010

Mick Jones in Combat Rock gear.

Mick Jones in Combat Rock gear.

Mary Hamilton

The latest in a string of rock'n'roll exhibitions is coming to Norwich, with a unique chance to see backstage photos of the Clash before they are auctioned off.

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The latest in a string of rock'n'roll exhibitions is coming to Norwich, with a unique chance to see backstage photos of the Clash before they are auctioned off.

The Hub in King Street will be home to Unseen Clash, an exhibition of pictures taken during the band's tour of America promoting the Combat Rock album in the early 1980s.

The photos, taken by manager's PA Peta Goodman, offer a glimpse into the band's world and working life during their final tour before co-founder Mick Jones left the band.

Ms Goodman, who was in her late 20s during the tour, said the pictures had been locked away in her loft for 15 years.

“A friend of mine was looking through the photos and suggested exhibiting them - other people will appreciate this stuff.

“I wanted a fairly low-key venue, my godson works at the Hub, and as the other Clash exhibition will be showing at the same time I thought it would be perfect.

“There is a real feeling that it's time to share. My collection is going to auction on June 23 - it's time to hand it on to other fans.”

The pictures were taken during Ms Goodman's time working for Clash manager Bernard Rhodes, a friend of Sex Pistols boss Malcolm McLaren.

“My job was to help run our office in New York,” she said. “It was co-ordinating messages from fans, working with promoters to work out tours, and marketing the band with Epic Records - it was very, very busy and a very exciting time.”

Unseen Clash, which runs at The Hub from May 12 to May 22, will be showing at the same time as Mick Jones' collection of pop culture paraphernalia, called The Rock and Roll Public Library.

The collection is on show from April 13 to May 22 at The Gallery at Norwich University College of the Arts - the first time it has toured outside London.

Norwich Castle will also be hosting another rock 'n' roll exhibition, The Beatles to Bowie: The 60s Exposed, on its national tour to mark the 50th anniversary of the decade's beginning.

The exhibition of more than 150 photographs going through the decade year by year will be hosted at the Castle from May 8 to September 5.

Do you have an extraordinary past? Call reporter Mary Hamilton on 01603 772418 or email mary.hamilton@archant.co.uk.

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