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simonhclash  Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Clash Magazine. Last of the Duke Street kings. Etta's dad.

I am so proud of everyone involved in the #CLASH109 cover shoot with @ritaora - primarily Rita herself, who so indomitably inhabited the body-confident concept outlaid by our visionary creative director, @rbpm_, and collectively produced this stunning imagery (shot by the fantastic @matteaston) that serves as an inspirational blueprint for anyone bold and brave enough to face the world so naked and exposed. The essence of the shoot was based on the unyielding determination of Rita who persevered through six years of legal and personal bullshit to finally be able to express herself fully through her music - banging new album ‘Phoenix’ rises next month. You can read the inside story of her challenging breakthrough now on ClashMusic.com, as told by @alimkheraj, who caught up with Rita backstage at this iconic shoot. Well done to all involved - I love you lots.
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Words: @alimkheraj
Photography: @matteaston
Creative direction: @rbpm_
Fashion: @vincelevy
Hair: @lisalaudat1
Make-up: @mariebruce
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In 2003, the @chilipeppers played two nights at the SECC in Glasgow, and I was beyond lucky to get (blag!) backstage access with the premise to interview the band, but with no confirmed time. So, on the first night my best friend and I sat on a couch in the corridor waiting for an update, and gazed incredulously at all the activity going on in the meantime, and froze with awe as the individual Peppers would walk by and say hi - first Anthony Kiedis, then @chadsmithofficial, and then John Frusciante, whose birthday it was; we even gave him a birthday card and present (I think it was a book in Syd Barrett). But no @flea333. In two hours there was no sign of him. Finally, his eventual appearance couldn’t have been more perfectly Flea. From out of nowhere, he suddenly buzzed past us on a Segway, just flashing that impish gap-toothed smile of his at us. And then he was gone again. We finally got to speak to him on the second night at the end of our midnight interview with Anthony - at first a bit wary, he was encouraged by Anthony’s endorsement of us as serious, longtime fans with good questions, and then he starting taking an interest in my magazine, asking all about being an independent publisher. Both he and Anthony signed our ‘By The Way’ CDs. He remains one of the foundation stones upon which my passion for music is built, and I cannot wait for his autobiography. I wonder if he’ll mention meeting me in Glasgow... I LOVE YOU, FLEA! #happybirthday #Flea #icon #hero #legend #rocknroll #funk #funky #funkrock #punkrock #bassist #bassguitar #redhotchilipeppers #rhcp @chilipeppers #losangeles #michaelbalzary #freakystyley #mothersmilk #bloodsugarsexmagik #underthebridge #giveitaway #onehotminute #californication #bytheway #anthonykiedis #chadsmith @chadsmithofficial #johnfrusciante #joshklinghoffer #hillelslovak

“JUSTICE for John & Yoko!

John and Yoko add a great voice and drive to this country's so called ART INSTITUTION / They inspire and transcend and stimulate and by doing so, only can help others to see pure light and in doing that, put an end to this mild dull taste of petty commercialism which is being passed off as Artist Art by the overpowering mass-media. Hurray for John & Yoko. Let them stay and live here and breathe. The country's got plenty of room and space. Let John and Yoko stay!

Bob Dylan”
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@johnlennonofficial @thebeatles @bobdylan @yokoonoofficial #johnlennon #lennon #yokoono #yoko #bobdylan #FBI #justice #america #usa #inalienablerights #beatle #beatles #thebeatles #artinstitution #pettycommercialism #warisoverifyouwantit #makelovenotwar #immigration #imagine #imaginepeace #thetimestheyareachangin #changetheworld #progress #protest #musicwins #letter #lettertoamerica #fucktrump

God is a concept
By which we measure
Our pain
I'll say it again
God is a concept
By which we measure
Our pain
I don't believe in magic
I don't believe in I-Ching
I don't believe in Bible
I don't believe in tarot
I don't believe in Hitler
I don't believe in Jesus
I don't believe in Kennedy
I don't believe in Buddha
I don't believe in mantra
I don't believe in Gita
I don't believe in yoga
I don't believe in kings
I don't believe in Elvis
I don't believe in Zimmerman
I don't believe in Beatles
I just believe in me
Yoko and me
And that's reality
The dream is over
What can I say?
The dream is over
Yesterday
I was the dream weaver
But now I'm reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I'm John
And so dear friends
You just have to carry on
The dream is over
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#happybirthday #whereveryouare #JohnLennon @johnlennonofficial #icon #hero #legend #RIP #Beatle #TheBeatles #yokoono #liverpool #newyork #johnwinstonlennon #rocknroll #workingclasshero #powertothepeople #givepeaceachance #instantkarma #imagine #gimmesometruth #mindgames #watchingthewheels #acrosstheuniverse #cometogether #iamthewalrus #inmylife #revolution #strawberryfieldsforever #maddayout #topless

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