Clash's Mick Jones opens music public library

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After the fallout, Jones would go on to form Big Audio Dynamite, which split in the mid-'90s. Since then, most notably, he co-founded another band, Carbon/Silicon, and produced the Libertines' only two albums.

But now, he has something new to share with the world: his massive collection of music memorabilia, to which he's been adding since his early days with one of the most influential bands in rock history. Now 53, Jones has recently unveiled his "Rock and Roll Public Library" at London's Chelsea Space Gallery. (This is only a temporary location, as Jones hopes to find a permanent residence for the collectibles.)

jones_02.jpgSays Jones to Reuters, "I started collecting things when I was very young and I did not really know why. Then at the Millennium, the change of the century, it started to become clear. I realized I wanted to share it...It's a fantastic collection people can take great pleasure from and also learn something."

Some of the things included are old album covers, books and films of and on artists like Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash, as well as old issues of Creem and Rock Scene that his mother sent him as a child. As one would expect, the collection also has its share of Clash items, including plane tickets, the band's pink flight cases and a handwritten note from Strummer to Jones.

The exhibition at Chelsea Space runs until April 18.

Related links:
Review: The Clash - London Calling
Photo gallery of collection at Chelsea Space

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