‘It was described as a riot’: the Clash at the Rainbow, London, 1977

By Martha Hayes

Eddie Duggan on a legendary punk gig

It was a few weeks after the Clash’s debut album had been released. I was 17, and it was the biggest gig on the punk scene at the time.

Those were turbulent times, dominated by unemployment and discontent. A few months earlier, the Sex Pistols had been interviewed on TV by Bill Grundy and caused outrage. As a result, many of the dates on their Anarchy In The UK tour – on which they were joined by the Clash, among others – had been cancelled.

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