23 Jul 2009

Clash star opens rock 'n' roll library to fans

10:09 pm on 23 July 2009

The Clash's former lead guitarist Mick Jones has swapped the stage for the more refined atmosphere of a library.

The former British punk star, now aged 54, has opened up his own personal rock 'n' roll library to fans in London in the hope of inspiring and educating music lovers.

The "guerilla rock 'n' roll public library" includes 10,000 items from Jones's personal collection including Beatles memorabilia and outfits worn by Clash members on stage.

"These are relics of the last century. A part of British music history," he told The Guardian on Thursday.

"It's a very personal collection but I don't want the library to be only for Clash fans. I hope it can be a resource and spark people's imaginations, create an idea of continual creativity."

The library, at Portobello Green in west London, will be open until 25 August.

The Clash's career spanned the punk era of the late 1970s to the mid-80s. Jones was lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter until he was fired in 1983 by two other co-founding members, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon.

Once considered too radical for radio airplay, The Clash's biggest hits included London Calling, Should I Stay or Should I Go, and Rock the Casbah.