Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Notes From A Punk Crashpad


Its not Dostoevsky (Notes From the Underground), its better!

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Because its live, its now, its history YOU remember! Taking nothing away from the Russian great, but at the same time putting Pleasant Gehman and Iris Berry into a pantheon of memoirists... I urge any and all of my Los Angeles area readers to check out this most fabulous punk rock literary event on Saturday, September 17 at Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; 7:30-10:30 p.m.; its free. (213) 413-3733.

Its the memories of living at Disgraceland, THEE ultimate punk rock crash pad. In retrospect, it seems like the petri dish that changed pop culture, but back then, it was just friends relying on each other for camaraderie, crash pads, rides, meals, and creating bands, art and that which now looks like what it was (but we didn't call it that) - the infrastructure of an amazing counter-culture.

Pleasant & Kid Congo Powers

There are so many pictures of Pleasant and Kid and Pleasant and Belinda together because they personify exactly what I mean by "just friends relying on each other." Every epoch has a group of friends that inadvertently make a lasting mark. For LA in the 70s, its these punk rockers.

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Belinda and Pleasant - LA's It Girls


Some of Disgraceland's residents and visitors over the years...

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Jeffrey Lee Pierce, before he imagined The Gun Club

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Kid Congo Powers and Pleasant

Dave Alvin & his ladies
Pleasant, Belinda Carlisle, Dave Alvin, Connie Clarksville

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Dave Alvin

I close with saying IRIS BERRY - IF YOU'RE READING THIS, WE NEED TO DO PHOTOS!!!

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