Hollywood Punks 77
Helen Killer, Trudie, Pleasant Gehman, Darby Crash, Nicky Beat, Alice Bag, germs fan(?), Lorna Doom, Pat smear and friend.
|Meanwhile across the ocean over in L.A., the punk scene was quickly solidifying, with newspaper zines like Slash, making it's debut this month. Slash '#1 featured the Damned's Dave Vanian on the cover and inside pix of Damned US liason officers the spikey haired Screamers,. A band who hadn't even gigged yet but were still newsworthy. Slash's main contributor was the outspoken Claude Bessey - aka Kickboy Face - a mad, chainsmoking Frenchman whose hysterical prose were legendary. He later when onto to front Catholic Discipline.who was another vehicle for his manic prose. Slash mag would eventually morph into Slash Records in '78, signing up the main LA players like the Germs, X, Gun Club, Fear, the Blasters, the Dream Syndicate, as wellas other seminal acts that no major would touch.
The other notable LA mags was Flipside, also launched that Spring. Flipside champion of skaters eventually totally misplaced its punk coverage and became an investment for Editor Al's drug funding. Other less read cut 'n' paste jobs like punkette scenester Pleasant Gehman's Lobot-omy fanzine; and the photocopied, Iggy-worshiping Backdoor Man were also in the running.
West Coast rivals San Francisco were not to be outdone, they had the well respected newspaper magazine edited by V. Vale a Japanese American. Search And Destroy with it's heavily illustrated layout was first formulated in 1976 and documented the homegrown and political angle a lot more. Issue #1 released in early 77 featured such engrossing topics as New Wave History of San Francisco, Crime, Jennifer Miro: A Nun's Story, Encyclopedia of New and New Wave Bands and James Osterberg: Would You Let Your Sister Marry An Iguana?
The Jam, Buzzcocks, Subway Sect play Swindon Affair tonight.