Go-Gos, 1977-1980. I loved photographing Belinda Carlisle, Jane Draino Wiedlin, and the totes adorbs Margot, their first manager, Ginger, plus Gina, Joan Jett, Pleasant, Alice Bag, Lorna Doom (Germs bassist), the Screamers, X and so many more in our early inner Punk circle.
Many of my photos have been in documentaries about them, plus books and more.
This is where and how the Go-Go’s started: Punk. I’m stunned so many question me when I say they were very punk. Our punk scene brought them together, nourished and supported them, and fueled their rise.
I’m so very proud of them! The Go-Go’s are landmark!
But people question me when I say they had a hard time, were diminished by the press and record industry.
These are not secrets. They, and others, have talked and written about this. I’ve talked and written about this regarding many punk bands. Oh right, Go-Go’s aren’t punk.
Ok, if you want the real story that I saw and photographed, you’ll check out my Punk Pioneers Podcast and Photos.