29 Jun 2008
# 11 Book - Live at the Masque / Nightmare in Punk Alley
Great new book about the early Los Angeles punk scene. This is a must have.
The Masque was the grimy Los Angeles basement club where West Coast punk first coalesced in the crucial years from 1977 - 1979. Live at the Masque is comprised of more than 300 pages of photographs that offer a snapshot of a classic, vanished moment on the Los Angeles pop culture landscape of the late 70s that was galvanized by a pungent mix of punk rock, politics, graffiti, unique fashion and art. This painstakingly compiled volume by Masque founder-author Brendan Mullen and editor Roger Gastman features previously unpublished photos, posters, flyers for bands who got their start at the Masque like X, Go Go's, Dickies, Bags, Eyes, Black Randy & the Metro Squad, Plugz, Skulls, Controllers and the Deadbeats leap out of every page, many of them in full color. Also included are pre-Masque bands who played there to ever-expanding audiences, namely the Alleycats, Zeros, Dils, Screamers, Germs, Weirdos, Avengers, Black Flag, Mau Mau's, and many more pioneers of the early West Coast punk/hardcore scenes.
328 pages, HC, 9” x 12”,