My only contribution would have been adding to the (tiny) body count of the original scene
makers and starting one of a number of fanzines in support of it: Generation X
2. Which artist, band concert and/or show had the most impact on your life?
Without a doubt David Bowie, circa Long Beach 1973 when he was still Ziggy Stardust. Through
Bowie I discovered the Stooges and saw them play for 7 nights at the Whiskey in 1974. Through
the Stooges I got interested in all sorts of "non corporate" rock such as the New York Dolls, and
eventually, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones....
3. What was the role of women in the early punk scene?
Women had a 50% impact on the scene...they were publishers of fanzines like mine, and like
Sue and Alex of "The Blank Generation" (the first fanzine I ever wrote for); women were founding
members of bands, they were photographers, wives, girlfriends, supporters...they played a role
in the whole panorama of the thing....I think that the equality of the first female punks was due, in
part, to the role that gay men played in early punk...they were not seeing women as sexual
objects but as equals...which was unusual in the 1970's Rock World. As someone who started
out hanging around at Rodney's English Disco in the early 70's, the notion of a woman being
anything but decorative was a radical idea...around that time a woman's value was in direct
proportion to the smallness of her waist size.
4. What is the legacy of punk in your life?
Well, punk haunted my dreams for many years...I have always lived a rather "alternative"
lifestyle...and I still don't have a "regular" job!
5. What are you listening to now?
I don't really listen to music anymore...the last great band for me was Nirvana (of course since I
am an honorary Seattlelite.)
6. Do you have any funny or interesting stories to share?
I was usually too drunk to remember many really good stories...but I have memories of some
good times...like toasting in the New Year with champagne in a dumpster behind the Masque with
my friend Meredith, Phast Phreddy and Claude Bessey....or being at a party with Malcolm
McClaren...or being an extra in the movie "Up in Smoke" and watching the Germs give an
incredibly intense performance that was cut out of the film of course...it would have upstaged
anything that Cheech and Chong did...(as an aside, on that filming I briefly met a young woman
who became one of the Hillside Strangler's victims)....or seeing The Damned live...the first British
Punkers to play L.A. and being amazed at how ALIVE I felt at a concert for the first time in
years....(and having no headache after some long bombastic drum solo as was the wont of the
huge dinosaur bands in those days...)...laying down with other punks at a Patti Smith concert...
she was boring us!....Or there was the time I had to kick Xene's ass (the culmination of a long
hostile relationship with her and her gang)...wow was I really THAT young once?
7. Are there any punk women from the early scene that you feel have not been been
Sue and Alex of / "The Blank Generation" They were NOT part of the Hollywood scene (they
were from Tustin) but published their magazine for the pure love of the music (mostly the Brit
8. What is something we should know about you that we probably don't know?
After punk, I went back to school and got a B.A. in English.
"Looking at some of your archived photos reminds me of what a mixed "stew"
we early punks were: male, female, gay, straight, latino and white, in our
teens, 20's and even early 30's; high school drop outs and Art School
grads...I think that this mix made our scene truly unique, and from what
my friend Meredith tells me (since I stopped going out when the great
surburban migration began from the OC and South Bay), the scene lost a
little of this unique character when Hardcore came to the forefront..."
|"Me, my friend Meredith (in the back) and the late Pearl
Harbor (she died suddenly last year at 46 of a heart attack....I
guess that Our generation of punks will not be known for
longevity...)" EDITOR'S NOTE: There were evidently at least
two different Pearl Harbor/Harbours and the Pearl Harbor
referred to here is not the Pearl Harbour (aka Pearl E. Gates)
from S.F. who was in Pearl Harbour & the Explosions. We've
posted this to avoid any further confusion.