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Feb 8

PUNK PIONEERS..the BACK STORY

Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2009 in Punk Pioneers

AND AFTER…AFTER AND BEFORE…

east bay/rozz

east bay/rozz

One of the more interesting aspects of the Punk pioneers get together was that YOKO had never met any of these people…So when we returned home we combed thru PUNK 77,X-CAPEES, BRUCE CONNERS MABUHAY,HARDCORE CALIFORNIA, and my pictures for images of the people I had introduced her to…as they were in 1977 and 1978…the BEFORE PICTURES…she met the AFTER PICTURES in person….

ROZZ,valim,mary,domenique AKA vince

ROZZ,valim,mary,domenique AKA vince

she was especially shocked at young JOE REES (TARGET VIDEO), PETER URBAN,PAUL DRAPER, and the various DEAD KENNEDYS excluding YELLO (who was a no show) as well as the transformation of luminaries such as SALLY MUTANT and VINCE AKA DOMENIQUE, …

I forgot how handsome that scene was…YOKO fawned over a dashing young PETER URBAN in the X-capee’s book…lot of young sexy punk rock bitches we was…I had forgotten… the music and the girls in that iniatal explosion of the SF77 scene…gorgeous in a primal sorta way…

I was sorry to hear of the passing of photographer/artist BRUCE CONNER who took the single most ICONIC picture of yours truly, perhaps one of the ten most notable pictures of the punk rock era in general…I feel that photograph of the target on my chest,.. and the one with I HATE ART written on my pants (that won the ART FORUM award) are partially responible for my marginal success…they kept my name and image out there over the years in book,gallery shows,magazines and even the news papers…appearing on the cover of the BAY GUARDIAN in fall of 97.THE VILLAGE VOICE NYC in january 2005…RIP BRUCE CONNER…you will be missed

unknown glamazons

unknown glamazons

GREG INGRAM, VALE, RESA,MICHEAL BELFER,and PENELOPE to some degree are essentially aging in the DICK CLARK tradition (before the stroke anyway) and look pretty much the same aside from a scant few pounds and barely visible crows feet…I consider myself in this catagory..my strategy was to distract everybody from how hammered I look with the tight red pants and FLEUVOG shoes…this was as close to a high school reunion for me so I took note of every detail…

mary,craig grey,belfer

mary,craig grey,belfer

SMILE LINES and the overall continence of facial feature usually indicate a life of LaUGHTER, or a life of UNHAPPY STRUGGLES…most everyone looked as if they had been living a good life…only a few had BITTERNESS burned on thier brow…

one other thing that gave YOKO the HEEBEE GEEBEES was looking at pictures of the late RICKY WILLIAMS after meeting his son ZACHARY and mom REBECCA….The likeness is absolutely eery…I wanted to take pictures of ZACH but thought it might appear exploitive and inapropriate…he is very handsome and a sweet young man…I didnt realize he was twenty or I would have took pic’s…he looks 13 or 14…

so YOKO saw the AFTER…and now were cross referencing books for the BEFORE….and it is bizarrely perveresly fascinating…there are two other notable stories from the trip I will recant when possible

domenique and ?

domenique and ?us in 78rozz/paul draper

Feb 8

punk pioneers show sf7/28

Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2009 in Punk Pioneers

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Myspace blog number 617… PUNK PIONEERS daze! blogworthy moment number 2

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story number 2)…..we almost didnt make it to the show at all…it was getting near 8 pm and we were having trouble getting a cab in front of the ROYAL PACIFIC on broadway street…it was after all, a bustling saturday night in one of the most exotic party towns in the world…we flagged and whistled and waved at every cab going by…but all were occupied..dang..diggety dang.pp10

STEPHAN suggested we take a bus to which SVETLANA joked “I cant take a bus ,..I might have  cancer! were not taking the bus!” suddenly a big black SUV stopped beside us and the window went down…”Where you going?..Im mellow guy..give people rides all the time..”

“are you some sort of car service?” I asked…”were going to the FILLMORE…on FILMORE and GEARY street” STEPHAN chimed in…

pp7our wildat taxi driver pushed open the passenger door…”10 bucks….thats cheaper than a cab…Im OLLIE..I do this all the time…Im also the doorman at the GARDEN OF EDEN..get in its cool..Im mellow…I  like ..go to all the concerts..TESTAMENT, METALLICA, and my cousin is friends with DEATH ANGEL..ten bucks ..save you money and put some gas in my tank”

the young muscular aisan man certainly didnt look like a serial killer…and how many serial killers do 4 victims at once.?..so I slid the side panel door open and noticing a lack of handcuffs or duct tape…helped YOKO up and in following close behind…SVETLANA pushed STEPHAN toward the open front door…”NO..youre riding in front..I might have cancer” and got in behind me on the bench seat….it was a running joke..”what about me!” I said…”this should be blogworthy ” Yoko added…

rozz /greg ingram

rozz /greg ingram

we were off thru the broadway tunnel with OLLIE trolling us for information…”so are you in a band? I party with all the bands…like METALLICA, and TESTAMENT,..Ive seen them 3 times…do you like to party coz I help people get hooked up..Im mellow.. its all good..I also sell TIMESHARES..work at the GARDEN OF EDEN..I can get anything..if you need to party..I like to help people ..its all good…”

he was so vague …yet came on so strong with his DRUG PUSHING RAP I almost thought maybe the cops were doing some reverse sting…he was young and muscular and clean cut..late twenties…no one responded ..it was kind of an awkward silence…he was unaware he had picked up 4 people that may LOOK freaky-deak,…but we had one who’s twenty years clean and sober, one that just got a 5 year chip, and me and YOKO just like the occaisonal vuuudka and ciggies…and we can buy them at the store

rozz/micheal belfer

rozz/micheal belfer

not wanting him to start renegotiating the 10 buck ride now that it was apparent there would be NO drug transaction taking place…I engaged him and feigned interest in the GARDEN OF EDEN strip club…”Do you work tommorrow night…can you get us a discount on cover..its our last night and we’ll be in a mood to PARTY party,ya know what I mean?you got cute chicks there OLLIE?”

“every kind of chick aisan,australian,costa rican,puerto rican..” OLLIE says proudly..

“any russian or czech girls” I ask”’…pp38

“dutch /armenian about the closest..shes really hot”

you like the DUTCH OVEN OLLIE? you like a good DUTCH OVEN? everyone likes the DUTCH OVEN dont they?

rozz/paul hood

rozz/paul hood

“oh yeah DUTCH OVEN is good…I like all the positions ..Im a mellow guy ..like to party..its all good..”

“”yeah its cool..I’ll get you all in for 20 bucks..usually its twenty bucks each..but its cool..Im a mellow guy.. like to party..partied with bands that have come in the club..like uh..TESTAMENT and METALLICA IRON MAIDEN….I was born in 77 ..I grew up on the DRI..DEATH ANGEL..come down and I’ll hook you up..

he seemed appeased temorarily,..but these maverick hustlers will always try to make some sort of score…usually they sell tourist a bunk bag of coke as they exit the cab and then disappear looking for the next mark…this guy was kind of a heavy metal illegal cabbie drug hustling doorman an timeshare salesman..a jack of all trades…I noticed he was distracting himself from driving with his spiel(s)..pp12

I also noticed an open 24 ounce can of pabst blue ribbon peeking out of a paper bag on the console…I reached nervously for my seatbelt and clicked it…”but were not gonna be here tomorrow night ” SVETLANA said confused

avengers onstage

avengers onstage

by my promise to this jack of all trades stranger…I elbowed her  and whispered “its improv,..just improv”

then SVELANA says “were the HAREOLAS”…”were on CHRYSALIS” says YOKO from the other side “PSYCHOBITCH was the first CD”….no it wasnt “I believe it was called SHAVE IT..on that indy label ..”The HAIRY AREOLAS” SVETLANA says loudly again…I nudge her..she looks at me with a wicked smile “you said to improv”

OLLIE is launching into another loop regarding  PARTYING AND/OR pp41TESTAMENT,METALLICA,IRON MAIDEN and those close personal friends of his cousins DEATH ANGEL…miraculously we are at the FILLMORE…”LET ME GIVE YOU MY NUMBER..I’ll hook you up after the show” he pleads as we exit the SUV “WE can all PARTY!”

“NO well just see you tomorrow at the GARDEN OF EDEN…I promise…a PRETTY VACANT promise….

the end

resa/rozz

resa/rozz

this is one of three funny stories written when Yoko,Svetlana, and I went down to SF to see the AVENGERS,FLIPPER,THE MUTANTS and my old band NEGATIVE TREND in the summer of 2008…we stayed at THE ROYAL PACIFIC MOTOR INN and had a hell of a good time…Svetlana and YokO gave me a makeover..buying me SKINNY LEG RED PANTS and very expensive FLUEVOG shoes so I could look good for my old mates