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The Clash: London Calling

Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 December 1979

"...the wit of the city's urchins is as sharp as the finest conversation of the rural lord; the vulgar speech of the street arabs is so full of metaphor and condensed reference that an ancient poet would have given his soul to possess the tongue of a London apprentice; yet it is a speech almost impossible to translate, more mysterious than Sanskrit, and its fashions change from day to day..."

– Michael Moorcock, Gloriana, Or The Unfulfill'd Queen

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