Sunday, November 19, 2017

Black Friday 2017

I AM Black Friday 2017!

I will be in Pittsburgh at the Get Hip Record Store, telling the stories behind the photos, signing photos and enjoying the live music.

The 20% discount applies to the photos and photo souvenirs, so think of all your rock n roll friends and collectors.  If you're not in Pittsburgh, Get Hip Mail Order and I can make your gift giving easy.  Just reach out to us:  Get Hip Mail Order . You can also contact Punk Turns 30 for a list of images or inquiries about specific images.

Among the musical artists performing this weekend is my lifelong friend, Frank Secich.  I first met Frank in 1979 when he toured with Stiv Bators in what I call the Latter Day Dead Boys.  Both Jeff Magnum and Cheetah Chrome weren't in the band, and their parts were played by Frank (on bass) and George Cabaniss, of Akron's Hammer Damage on guitar.  Back then, we were calling him Georgie Harrison, though.  Just to be sure, though, Jimmy Zero was and always will be the pop king of the Dead Boys.  This Dead Boys line up morphed into the Disconnected Band.  Johnny Blitz did play these early 1979 dates with Stiv, but later that year, he left the band and David Quinton, a teenager from Toronto, and drummer for The Mods was in.  Frank will be reading from his memoir, Circumstantial Evidence and playing the songs he wrote with Stiv, and also from his Blue Ash days and from his current project, Deadbeat Poets.

Frank Secich / 1979
Zack Keim, who performs on Sunday, fronts the Nox Boys from PGH suburb, Blawnox.  I'm proud to say I shot many photos that are included on their debut album on Get Hip.  Zack is, like me, a Woody Guthrie-inspired punk and he'll be doing his folk-agit prop thing. 
Zack Keim / 2014

Here are some images you'll see if you celebrate Black Friday with us:

Bryan Ferry / 1976

Iggy Pop / 1977

Debbie Harry /1978 - we never do an exhibit with her!

It Was 40 Years Ago Today

Forty years ago today, Elvis Costello & the Attractions were in the middle of their first tour of the USA.  It began in San Francisco on November 15, 1977 and on the 18 and 19th landed at the Whisky A GoGo. On the 20th, the lads were guests on KROQ's Rodney on the ROQ with Mayor of the Sunset Strip, DJ Rodney Bingenheimer.

I've been taking a long, long time to read Elvis's memoir, and I highly recommend it.  He writes thoroughly about his songwriting and band-crafting, as well as his experiences in the studio and on the road.  I don't want the story to end, so I read a couple pages a day.

My roommate, the famous Joanna Spock Dean was in a band called Backstage Pass back then.  They opened for Elvis at The Whisky.  She has kept in touch with the whole Attractions crew over the years, and we still have the great good fortune to see Elvis play whenever he tours the US and has a Nashville date.  A couple years ago, Elvis & the Imposters opened for Steely Dan at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, where we both now live.  His closing song, the Nick Lowe-penned "Peace, Love & Understanding" was most poignant, as it was the beginning of when the current occupant of the White House was making noise about running for that office.  Nick and Elvis's message still sings in my head and heart as the anthem keeping me alive in these scary times.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In case you didn't know, Pleasant Gehman and I are in the midst of putting together the compendium of Lobotomy, the fanzine she created with Randy Kaye in the glory days of 1970s punk rock.  We worked on Lobotomy with the future Kid Congo Powers and the fabulous Brad Dunning, among other Los Angeles punk rock forebears.

Our sporadic appearances or disappearances from the blog-o-sphere means that we've got our noses to the grindstone.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Join Me Next Weekend, March 5 in Los Angeles

Here's a photo of me, taken in April 1978 in San Francisco, CA.  It was another of the now-notorious Lobotomy road trips.

Pleasant, Randy Detroit, Kid Congo, Nancy and I piled into my little Honda and drove to San Francisco from Los Angeles, as we did for any show we wanted to see.  With so many of us traveling, it was more cost effective to drive, plus there was that four hours of crazy conversation and radio roulette to enjoy on the way.

This particular road trip was to see Blondie play at the Greek Theatre on campus at UC Berkeley.  We didn't know it at the time, but the record they were working on, Parallel Lines (which was released five months later), would break them through to levels of international fame that none of us ever considered.

If you're in Southern California, come see Pleasant and me at the Lethal Amounts Gallery for our show (Teenage) Lobotomy: Fanzine Art & Photos from the 1970s LA Punk Scene

Sarturday March 5th 2016
Lethal Amounts Gallery
1226 west 7th st
DTLA 90017

I promise it will be a great party with stunning, authentic bits of pop culture history dripping from the walls.

Friday, February 05, 2016

(Teenage) Lobotomy - Show in Los Angeles on March 5!!

What are you doing on Saturday March 5?

I suggest going to Lethal Amounts Gallery located at 1226 West 7th St, DTLA 90017
Pleasant and I are showing & telling all things LOBOTOMY! Lethal Amounts is hosting us, and here's what they have to say:
“Lobotomy: The Brainless Magazine” was founded in Hollywood, during spring 1978 by Pleasant Gehman. The Xeroxed fanzine became notorious in the Hollywood punk scene from it’s very first issue, when Kim Fowley threatened to sue 18-year-old Pleasant over the sarcastic comments she wrote about him.
Chief photographer Theresa Kereakes -also a teenager- took countless onstage and backstage photos of The Cramps, The Ramones, Blondie, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, and The Germs, Go-Go’s and many more and for Lobotomy. Nearly four decades later, they’ve become some of the most-recognized and iconic images of the early punk scene.
“Lobotomy” was known for it’s irreverent “Mad Magazine” sense of humor, the salacious gossip column “Dirty Dishes” which featured blow-by-blow accounts of gigs at the legendary Masque and debauched parties, as well as the candid, outrageous- and usually drunken- interviews with everyone from The Damned, The Clash, The Cramps, X, The Mumps, The Go-Go’s, director David Lynch and numerous others.
This show features prints of Theresa’s incredible photographs and Pleasant’s original “Lobotomy” paste-ups in all their carelessly typed, hand-written, Elmer’s- Glue -collage glory.

Saturday March 5, 2016
Lethal Amounts Gallery
1226 west 7th st
DTLA 90017