X Captured Decline as Seen in LA

X Captured Decline as Seen in LA

Whatcha listening to? I asked myself what suited my mood. X immediately came to mind. I don’t listen to a lot of punk. Got up and danced. Looked at some photos on my door. Thought of so many X shows and shot. None recently. That door is closed. I close my eyes and start dancing. Or look at images of them while dancing. Here and there. Everyone. On and off stage. Add the FACT the woman who named me “Jenny Lens” is THE woman in “Los Angeles.” About MY home town. X describes my life, certainly in late 1970s. Perhaps more relevant today. In real life, with visual proof, we were there together. Brings added dimension to X the band their songs for me. Written by the folks who perfectly captured life as we knew it. On the brink of the Decline we are living...

1960s LA AM Fab Rock Radio Stations

I am so confused. I can’t figure out WHEN I listened to rock music as a teen in the 60’s. I immediately start singing and dancing the minute I hear a very vague note from Trader Joe’s speakers. Yesterday, I was dancing and singing along, as usual, but an older man started dancing next to me. An older woman told me I was a very good dancer. I smiled and thanked her. I wasn’t rockin’ out like at home, a party or when I took rock photos (wild woman!). But I KNOW this music and lyrics. To a certain point.  I also watched old films, although they weren’t on TV all the time. Plus some TV shows. Tons of homework, cooked and cleaned after dinner, no watching TV or listening to music then. So when did I listen all the time to music? I was always making art, making my clothes, making something. But I could also watch TV and old movies. I can’t figure it out. I know I did. When I read this article about LA Radio stations in 1960s, I recognized many of the DJs. So when did I listen? I sure loved rock n roll. I was surprised I became a rather major photographer in my genre. Who knew? The signs were...

What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love

What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love. I absolutely LOVED this! I heard it on LA AM radio ALL the time! I listened to KRLA, KHJ (Boss Radio) and KFWB all the time! I LOVED this. EVERY time I heard it, I was so moved! I had NO idea SHE wrote it til recently! Jackie DeShannon was a TRAGICALLY UNDERRATED songwriter and singer. 1965, heck, all the 1960s, esp with Brit Invasion 1962/63, music was AMAZING going into early 1970s!! You heard GREAT songs in EVERY genre, on your one fave station. BUT this should have been on top. Tells ya many just thought this a sweet, sappy love song. Her voice, the chorus, instrumentation, the worlds, the way it builds up, then a solo horn, just beautiful. Timeless...

Riot on Sunset and Punk at Whisky

My rebuttal to article claiming Punk saved the Whisky but then talked more about non-punk bands. Minimal about LA Punk bands. I could write a book. Read what I wrote (below or use link) after reading his long article. Why the fashion photo above? Author included photos of English punks with swastikas on their faces. Not in LA! Plus most everyone in the above photo played a VITAL part in bringing punk to life. At the Whisky and elsewhere. Left to right: Terry Graham (Bags drummer and much more), Lorna Doom, Germs bassist, Belinda, future Go-Go and solo performer, ?, Hellin Killer, ?, Pleasant Gehman (who was quoted, as was I). Photographed near the Whisky, on the Sunset Strip, August, 1977. Just another night on the town. LOVELY compliment: “Photographer Jenny Lens, whose work vividly documented the LA scene, wrote in Punk Pioneers…” Yes, I did vividly document and helped create the LA scene. Lots of colorful and vibrant photos. My responses: Where do I start? First, yes, I always said punk brought the Whisky back to life. No argument there. But the stories and photos veer off to include Van Halen (the better to promote his book), Johnny Cougar and Tom Petty. But exclude vital LA Bands? LA PUNKS built and kept the scene alive. Not just the Whisky. The many fanzines and flyers. We promoted and publicized and produced our own shows and good times at the Whisky. No mention. The photos of the punk fans with swastikas on their faces: England. I went out nearly every night and many days, photographing parties, backstage, on the street and shows. Starting August 1976 and ending nearly...

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