Don J Whistance's


the clash site


(Joe Strummer 1952 -2002)






The philosophical notion of a "sense of place," unexplained "place experiences" linked psychologically to the footsteps and the spirit of The Clash, underpins this pictorial and informative journey...


The British Punk movement was initiated by the Sex Pistols..........and on December 1st 1976........the Thames T.V.'s tea-time programme Today show gave them more notoriety....and Punk rock became the 20th century's second great youth rebellion after rock'n'roll

(430   kings   road   england   1971-1979)


Clash In New York


Clash In The Toilet


Clash Images:

 Early Influences Joe Strummer & The 101'ers / May 1974  / Early gigs  / The Awakening
 Last Gang In Town / Looking for a home  / A Riot of Our Own 
 The Clash CD / Give 'Em Enough Rope  / London Calling  / Sandinista! / Combat Rock   
 Rude Boy / This is video  / Westway  / Uncut  / Joe Strummer The Inestimable***







The Clash Map of London  / The Last Night London Burned  / Caerphilly  
Joe Ely...remembers  / 1963 Ford  / Watering Holes  / Chris Salewicz Book Launch 
Joe stole my mic!  / South Park  / Upstairs Rehearsals  / Vanilla Tapes  / Terry Chimes 
Reunion / Camden Fire 2008 / Funeral / Glastonbury / London Marathon / Paris Marathon /
Paris Calling / Paul Simonon Art / WOT NO BIKE / The Baker / I Need A Dodge!

The Redan pub, Wokingham: Click on the painting to watch the video on how it was all put together...


Click on the above image for the Amazon link....


Stayin' In Tune - by Mick O'Shea

Launch party for the biography of   Mick Jones

30th June 2015 at 19.30

The Horse Hospital in London


Facebook - Mick O'Shea for full details of the Launch party...


Links Page




The Portobello Road is the main road with 37, Lancaster Road off right where Joe Strummer lived...The Golden Cross pub now named the Shannon pub. The shop on the right is now Greggs and S.Fowler & Co. on the left is now Supra (249, Portobello Rd.) and Bee Me (frozen yogurt and cafe) on 251, Portobello Rd.

The following pages unfold from my time at school with Mick Joe's year in Newport to his early years in the 101'ers and the musical influence of The Clash.......


" I am merely a spirit in a body,

Who is made a body and then will depart this body." Joe Strummer 2002

Dear Mr. Whistance,
I wonder if you could please help me with a Clash location question?
I'm going to London in a few weeks and am intending to check out quite a few Clash places (mainly courtesy of the information on your excellent website!), however I'm stuck for a couple which I'd love to visit but can't find anything about online; The riot scene on the rear of the first album, and the street on the front of Black Market Clash. I'm assuming they're somewhere in the vicinity of Ladbroke Grove?
If you could help out it would be really appreciated, and be the icing on the cake for my trip!

Again, thank you in advance if you can help out with the street locations,

Very best wishes,


Hello Don,
That sounds like a good idea and will add the link. I have been on your site before but it is so extensive that I have not found the time to go through it all. It must have taken you a long time to put together and no doubt was a labour of love. I wonder why you never put it in a book.... But then so many people have wondered the same about myself. For me, it is very complicated and involves out-dated human delusions such as 'loyalty' 'integrity' 'sell-out'....
Maybe we could collaborate on a post - just a few juicy titbits from schooldays? It would help promote both our sites.
Cheers, The Baker (29.12.13)  The Baker - 15 minutes outside of Philadelpia

Hidden Gem: The Clash live in Detroit in 1980

Free cookers for sale.....Joe Strummer stands in the middle of the photograph. Behind Paul Simonon stands Tony Parsons and alongside Topper Headon stands Robin Banks (who I knew at Strand Grammar school as Robin Crocker. He played in midfield for the school football team whilst I played left back. Mick Jones would watch our Saturday morning match and then both Robin and Mick would disappear into the streets and side streets of London...)



THE CLASH IN SAN FRANCISCO...,-122.4198829,3a,37.5y,0.56h,86.52t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1smSs9VjfDdRY0c86cNi1EOQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

(Joe Strummer with Ray and Futura 2000...)

(We are all human...)



The book is NOW available from the: website.


I enjoyed your web sites! I have always been a big fan of Steve McQueen and the Great Escape and of the Clash!
Being a freelance photographer for NME and Rolling Stone magazines, I always documented the British Bands performing in San Francisco.
And I always enjoyed hanging out and photographing the Clash.
British NME writers Adrian Thrills and Barney Hoskyns stayed at my apartment in SF and we worked on articles for NME.
Keep up the good work and I enjoyed reading about Joe.
Thanks for turning me on to your sites!
Chester Simpson


Baker's account of the 100 Club event:



Keith Levene’s “Meeting Joe: Joe Strummer, the Clash and Me”

is available on Kindle


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8 Jan 2015) In 1976 17 year old Clash founder member and guitarist Keith Levene was on a mission: To poach Joe Strummer from his then band the 101ers to join up with the Clash.

 “The Clash had started to form. You could definitely see the potential of the band. Yet there was one important missing link. A dynamite front man and we felt Joe was or could be the one,” recalls Levene.

Levene creates a poignant image of Strummer in “Meeting Joe.”

“Joe was a lovely and very sincere guy. Prepare to love him more after reading this book,” he promises.

Levene also dispels certain myths that have been perpetuated over the years regarding how Strummer joined the Clash.

“There are these stories that Joe was given this ultimatum by Bernard Rhodes to join the Clash in 24 hours or he would be out and/or that he immediately dumped the 101ers when offered the chance to be our front man and/or that he was recruited by other members of the Clash on a dole line to joint our band. It’s all bollocks. I know because I was there,” he explains.

Levene also describes the exciting emerging scene that was developing in West London in 1975-1976 in “Meeting Joe.”

 “The feeling I want to relate to those who read this book is that they are accompanying me on a magical mystery tour of West London during those incredibly exciting early days of punk,” Levene says.

An excerpt of Levene’s book can be found here:

A hardback version signed by Keith with accompanying photo and flyer from one of Keith’s gigs with the Clash is available at 

Levene has also released an EP entitled “Meeting Joe” to accompany the hard back version of the book. 

“One of the tunes is especially personal because I wrote it with Joe at a sound check at one of our gigs,” he states.

 For further information contact

Follow Keith on twitter @teenguitarist76

A scene from Hell W10 - Credit: Marie Fotini...




Photo courtesy of (c) Cindy Stern

Hello Don,

Here's my modest contribution...

Very best wishes,

Richard from France


(Mick and daughter, Lauren)



ROLLING STONE by Max Weissberg




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