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Artist: The Clash

First Release: The Clash (CBS Records, 8/4/1977)

Length: 2:13

Vocals: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones


Additional Information:

  • written by Joe Strummer during the initial rehearsals June-August 1976
  • Joe Strummer: "Some songs, like 'London's Burning', were more or less all me." [1]
  • Joe Strummer: "One night I went home to our squat at Orsett Terrace and I just sat down and wrote it." [2]
  • Joe Strummer: "Mick wrote the first line, black and white, turn it on, face the new religion." [3]
  • performed at the band's very first public London gig in August 1976 [4]


  1. "UNCUT" magazine (2/2003),p.44
  2. "UNCUT" magazine (2/2003),p.46
  3. [1] "Search And Destroy" fanzine (San Francisco, autumn 1977)
  4. Screen On The Green, London (29/8/1976)

London's Burning
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