The Masque

My photos comprised the majority of photos in Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley. My photos were used for all the covers, backs, interiors, and booklets for the 3 CD set, Live at the Masque, produced by Exene Cervenka of X. You can see footage of me whipping lead singer Tomata du Plenty, when […]

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Whisky, February 1977, Jenny Lens, mfa

Tom Petty, Whisky Debut, Feb 1977

Tom Petty, Whisky Debut, February 1977 Tom Petty, Whisky Debut, February 1977. WOW, some great expressions! I am stunned and emotional. First time ever seeing them. Hope you feel what I am feeling now, which is WHY I took these. Good times! To buy or questions: drop me a note with the file name(s), then drop […]

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 […]

Gogo Belinda and Terry Graham, drummer for Bags and Gun Club, Sunset Strip, August 1977, Jenny Lens, PunkPioneers.com

Saturday is Alright for Hanging Out on the Streets

What is it about Saturday (Friday too) nights that I feel on a cellular level?  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 […]

Jenny Lens Video of Punk Stories and Photos, LA Library

See tons of pix and hear untold stories about the birth of LA punk, interacting with New York and British bands, parties and good times. Lots here, so sit back and enjoy!! LA Library, January 10, 2015. 1 hr, 47 minutes of cool pix and stories. Buy photos! Please tell folks. Thanks!My archive cannot survive without […]

April 1977 When Punk Broke Big in LA with Jenny Lens Punk Photos

 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 […]

Obey Interview Exhibit Jenny Lens ONLY Woman Too Fast To Live, Too Young to Die Video

Talking about my photos at Shepard Fairey’s Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, Subliminal Projects. I was ONLY woman and earliest punk photographer in the exhibit. 2/25-3/26/2010. 2:46. I didn’t know I’d be talking. It was sooo noisy and I was nervously excited. Little experience in front of the camera. I prefer being behind […]

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.

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