Venue unknown but not the Perppermint Lounge. See below.

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never happened

Andrew: The June 1979 shows at the Peppermint Lounge in New York never happened.  Tickets were sold for some New York shows that were supposed be in June, but those shows were later cancelled. I nearly got fired from my job for going down to the Ticketron outlet to assist a co-worker get tickets for a bunch of us for these shows because there was a ticket limit. Andrew Baxley baxlap[a]

likely a rumour started by the record company

Ben: In the summer of '79, living in Northern Virginia, I heard rumours of a Clash gig at the Peppermint Lounge, and when I visited the PL in 1983 employees mentioned the bands that played their amongst them The Clash. I seem to recall a college friend who worked at the radio station mentioning that he saw them at the PL.  This was in Blacksburg in 1981-1982.  He was from Northern N.J. and saw many shows in the city. It was the only method of communication back in those days; heresay, rumour and myth.  This was the month after I graduated high school.  Who knows if it was true, but I did hear about it that summer. BenI hooked up with some very old friends on Facebook. They worked at the Peppermint Lounge in the late '70s and early 80's. The poster is a fake. The address is wrong as they did not move to that location and there was no show at that time. "There was no Peppermint Lounge on 5th Ave in 1979. The original re-opened November 1980 on 45th St."

Also there were no colour xerox machines in 1979. This was likely a rumour started by the record company to maintain interest in the release of The Clash in the USA in June of 1979. I am sure the label was getting word of the Vanilla Tapes demos for LC and the greatness that was about to come. Ben

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A Riot of Our Own
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by Johnny Green (Author), Garry Barker (Author), Ray Lowry (Illustrator)

Alright Now TV pg159
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Johnny Green first met the Clash in 1977 and was their road manager for three years. Ray Lowry accompanied the band as official "war artist" on the second American tour and designed the ' London Calling' album cover. Together, in words and pictures, Green and Lowry give the definitive, inside story on one of the most magnificent rock 'n' roll bands ever.

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Passion is a Fashion,
Pat Gilbert


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