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Saturday, December 8 at 8pm, 2007


In conjunction with the exhibition, Los Angeles: Photographs by Ann Summa, Brendan Mullen will be presenting a slide show and signing his latest book, "Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alleyā€¯

A Visual Recollection of the Masque Club, L.A. (1977-79)

A stunning visual recollection of a classic, vanished moment on the Los Angeles pop culture landscape of the late 70s that included punk rock, politics, graffiti, unique fashion and art, LIVE AT THE MASQUE is more than 300 pages in color and B&W, painstakingly compiled and edited by Masque founder-author Brendan Mullen with editor-publisher Roger Gastman, founder of R77 Books and editor-publisher of Swindle quarterly.

Previously unpublished photos, posters, flyers for bands who got their start there like X, Go Go's, Dickies, Bags, Eyes, Black Randy & the Metro Squad, Plugz, Skulls, Controllers and the Deadbeats leap out of every page, many of them in full color. Also included are pre-Masque bands who played there to ever-expanding audiences, namely the Alleycats, Zeros, Dils, Screamers, Germs, Weirdos, Avengers, Black Flag, Mau Mau's, and many more pioneers of the early West Coast punk/hardcore scenes.

Photography by: Michael Yampolsky, Frank Gargani, Eric Blum, Melanie Nissen, Ann Summa, Al Flipside, Dawn Wirth, Gaby Berlin, Donna Santisi, Jenny Lens, Alain Saint-Alix, Jules Bates, Carol Torres, Bibbe Hansen, Jill Ash, Jill Von Hoffman, Ladd McPartland, Scott Lindgren, Philomena Winstanley, Kerry Colonna, Herb Wrede, Chris D., David Guilburt and others.

Designers: David Allen, Judith Bell, Bob Biggs, David Brown, Exene Cervenka, Chris D., Margaret Guzman, Larry Dammit Hammett, Havoc, Lux Interior, Tony Kinman, Paul Lesperance, Paul Picasso, Tom Recchion, Cliff Roman, Brendan Mullen...

Mullen says: Even if it never gets a star on the Boulevard which created it, the Masque remains a grimy hologram, a tag on Cecil b. de Mille's Boulevard of Shattered Screams; never to be crossed out...haha...

Foreword by art curator-historian Kristine McKenna.
Introduction by Brendan Mullen.