Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Live at the Masque" book release party

HEY, MORTALITY! Dead or Alive in ‘07?

Celebrate the release of “Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley”, a 300+ page book painstakingly compiled and edited by Brendan Mullen and Roger Gastman.

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2007
Where: Echoplex + Echo Enter at 1154 Glendale Blvd., between Scott & Park avenues in Echo Park, CA 90026
Time: 3 p.m. onwards All ages
and a hell of a lot more...

About the book
The book includes previously unpublished photos, posters and flyers for bands that got their start there. 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 that played there to ever-expanding audiences, namely the Alleycats, Zeros, Dils, Screamers, Germs, Weirdos, Avengers, Mau Mau’s, and many more pioneers of early West Coast punk/hardcore. Photography by Alain Saint-Alix, Jill Ash, Jules Bates, Michelle Bell, Gabi Berlin, Eric Blum, Jim Carberry, Kerry Colonna, Chris D., Al Flipside, Frank Gargani, Dave Goldberg, Bonnie Gordon, Diane Grove, Bibbe Hansen, Jenny Lens, Scott Lindgren, Ladd McPartland, Tony Montesion, Melanie Nissen, Donna Santisi, Jules Shobert, Robert Steinberg, Ann Summa, Carol Torres, Jimmy Towns, Jill Von Hoffman, Philomena Winstanley, Dawn Wirth, Herb Wrede and Michael Yampolsky. Poster and flyer design by David Allen, Judith Bell, Bob Biggs, David Brown, Exene Cervenka, Chris D., Margaret Guzman, Larry “Dammit” Hammett, Havoc, Lux Interior, Tony Kinman, Paul Lesperance, Brendan Mullen, Paul Picasso, Tom Recchion and Cliff Roman. Foreword by curator and historian Kristine McKenna. Introduction by Brendan Mullen.
Amazon link to Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley

More about the line-up:

Tito Larriva, Barry McBride & Charlie Quintana will reunite for the first time since 1982 to perform the Electrify Me album in its entirety. This classic recording was the first full-length studio album to be self-produced and self-released by any band from the local ’77 punk scene.

The Eyes (with Charlotte Caffey of the Go Go’s, DJ Bonebrake of X and The Knitters, and Joe Ramirez of Black Randy & the Metro Squad) are one of the original pop-punkers to play the Masque. The Eyes were an awesome “power trio” who beautifully belied the myth that punks down there didn’t know how to play their instruments.

Billy Bones and his new band of young 'uns convene an open jam for all living alumni from the beginning of the band [Fall of 1977] to the present. Expect all the early hits and a few deranged covers: Victims, Incomplete Suicide, Kill Me, Kill Me, Building Models, On Target, etc.

Scott Guerin founder of the Deadbeats, probably the world's first “jazz-punk” group and a Masque regular reforms the band for the first time since the early 80s. Known for elaborate stage outfits and theatrical props as much as dark, murderous lyrics, the Deadbeats boasted real musicians; cool guys with serious chops who never overplayed, the Deadbeats will pay tribute to Scott's late brother Shawn Guerin, the band's original astounding drummer. Best known for Kill the Hippies, Final Ride and Maria Maria (I Just Shot a Girl Named Maria). Hopefully, Geza X will also join in on guitar.

Along with the Skulls, the Michigan-transplanted Controllers played the Masque the most where they attracted the attention of NY-transplanted Fluxus artist Al Hansen who managed them from late '77 into 79. Stingray will hopefully throw in a few numbers by his other band Kaos. I begged him for Iron Dream, at least.

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