Memories creating my iconic X photos during performance during Decline of Western Civilization filming, Club 88, West LA, March 1980.
April 1977 was THE month LA punks came out in force, indicating something was happening which would change world music and culture. Along with New York and England, LA was happening! We gathered for the Cheap Trick opening for Runaways, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (April 1), opening of Bomp Records Store (April 9), Television […]
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. […]
People love to say I photographed punk of the 1980s. I always correct them. I photographed FIRST gen punk in the 1970s! They are DIFFERENT eras. I could write a book about how and why 1970s punk is VERY different than 1980s. If nothing else, we had more mass media coverage in the 1980s. MTV. […]
Punk Stories and Photos, April 9, 2014. Written for a local rag who misquoted me. Here’s what I really wrote: Jenny Lens, MFA was born in West LA and raised in the Valley. I went to the Teenage Fair at the Hollywood Palladium in the 60s, and the Renaissance Faires, 1960s-70s, but otherwise didn’t get […]