The Awl reports that today is the 30th anniversary of the greatest rock and roll album ever created. I won’t belabor the point. London Calling is the most meaningful piece of music I have ever encountered, and yes, meaning is invested in music by the listener. When I was younger I had a theory that “Death Or Glory” was actually the last rock and roll song — not chronologically; but that conceptually it suggests rock is both over and eternal — but that was back when I read a lot of Simon Reynolds and The Wire and in retrospect that’s just pretentious.

So: “Death or Glory” is, suffice it to say, a song that means the world to me, the greatest song on the greatest album I ever heard. Happy birthday.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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