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February 15, 2018

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Chung Wong

The Joe Strummer photo at 127 John is by Bob Gruen from 1985 http://www.bobgruen.com/joe-strummer/

David George

Thanks for posting this.

The photo is at the start of what I consider Joe's "wilderness years" (post-The Clash, pre-Mescaleros). {Sorry, that CTC iteration must not be confused with the real lineup. It's sort of like calling the Blackie Lawless version of The New York Dolls "The New York Dolls."}

I saw 10 of the Bonds shows, which felt like a full-time job (which I did not have at the time). I convinced 5 people who didn't know or care about The Clash to wait on line with me for tickets on May 1, 1981 (which was my birthday).

It's likely I saw Kraut; for my money the most memorable opener at those shows was the Bush Tetras. The Bonds stint was the most memorable month of my life.

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