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Jenny Lens Bio 2004

Jenny Lens Bio 2004

I wrote this in 2004. My attitude is far better, thanks to SO many great Facebook comments, messages, emails and IRL (in real life) encounters. Enjoy! I was born and raised in LA. I was a shy, introverted adolescent in the wild sixties of Vietnam protests, free love and sex due to the pill and no STDs, no AIDs, women’s liberation and civil rights. But the hippie generation were as messed up as any, far from being all about peace and love. I felt so alienated and lost, felt so fat and discriminated against, so I retreated further into art and books, rarely went to live shows, but always loved rock. I was the bookworm, making art and missing out on fun teenage years. That would come later with punk. I was so bored out of my mind in school until I finally got into college and made lots of art. My work was acclaimed early on and I could have had a successful gallery/museum career. I earned a BA in Art from CSUN and Master of Fine Arts from Cal Arts, in the crafts area. I love and miss making things with my hands cos I’m a touchy-feely woman. My work was sensual and organic, the product of a passionate woman, struggling with my identity. It really hurt when people were surprised at my work: how could this fat girl have such passion, such creativity, so many skills? They were threatened by me and I was even more alienated. If that’s what my fellow students and teachers felt, how could I deal with the head games necessary to...
Saturday is Alright for Hanging Out on the Streets

Saturday is Alright for Hanging Out on the Streets

Or was it coming home for photographing of lovely opening to find all hell broke loose in my apartment building? Moved into paradise until a despot took over. Lady MacBeth and Professor Moriarty (think meaner and vicious). Without detailing it, let’s say past four years in this otherwise lovely apartment has been hell on earth. Time to get serious about this situation. That will require also legal work, research and compiling tons of info from neighbors. I could write books about both these situations. That’s how much paperwork I’m generating. Oy. Feeling like a tiger in a cage, pacing back and forth and deeply growling, I kept asking myself why do I feel like this? Was it the fact that my photo archive is being held hostage? Despite a strongly worded demand letter from my attorney. Sadly looks like litigation. Which costs a lot of time and money. That would put someone in a bad mood. Sometimes sitting on my butt, in front of screen, for 10 hours a day every day of the week really gets to me. I just walk and walk. Around the neighborhood. Or inside the courtyard. Tonight, as I looked out my kitchen window, studying the clouds and their cool damp air, in true June gloom, I flashed onto strong feelings and one powerful image. I’m in front of my dressing table mirror, with my lotions and potions and paints. I’m coloring my face, to complement my mood and dress, before going out. Life begins at 8:45. (An Al Jolson hit from the early 1930s. Delightful.). 8:45 is when Al picks up his lady...
Go-Go’s 1977-1980 We Got The Beat!

Go-Go’s 1977-1980 We Got The Beat!

Go-Gos, 1977-1980. I loved photographing Belinda Carlisle, Jane Draino Wiedlin, and the totes adorbs Margot. A few shots of Charlotte Caffey with then-boyfriend, Leonard Phillips, singer of the Dickies, first LA punk band to get signed. Plus Jane with her then-boyfriend, Terry Graham, drummer for the Bags and Gun Club. And more, so let’s get started with some IDs and stories behind my photos. Plus so many of our friends. Good times.

Go-Go’s and Charlotte Caffey: She’s Got The Beat!

Go-Go’s and Charlotte Caffey: She’s Got The Beat!

Go-Go’s at X’s home for bar-b-que. Billy Zoom, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Gina Shock, Margot, John Doe. The Go-Go’s quite often opened for X, giving the audience GREAT shows. Plus great real world experience for the bands. Oh the stories I could tell of those shows!

Plus some were hanging out together, before many bands were formed or performing. Fun to be at Ground Zero of this burgeoning scene. I have the earliest photos!

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Belinda, Lorna, Go-Go’s and Germs

Belinda wrote: “The following people have each, in some way, made a difference in my life, and I am so grateful… JENNY LENS.” Third line, after two LA pals who are very close to her, JENNY LENS.

I CRY with Gratitude every time I read or think about this. My name above so many famous people from all walks of life. Just re-read Belinda’s great autobio Lips Unsealed: A Memoir. I am thrilled she used ONLY my punk photos, 1977-1980.

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