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Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Gerardo Velasquez

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Gerardo Velasquez

Punk Icon in the Making

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Why did Gerardo Velasquez and I become fast friends in 1975? Because he had every Yoko Ono album and so did I. And when punk music hit in 1977, Gerardo and I agreed that the kids our age had finally caught up to Yoko. This photograph from 1976 was taken at a time of transition for the both of us. Gerardo had stopped trying to look like John Lennon and I was photographing everything, everywhere I went. Soon, Gerardo, Mike Ochoa, and I started catching the punk shows. Right after that, Gerardo and Mike, after meeting Edward Stapleton, formed Nervous Gender. I auditioned for the band, too, but Gerardo said I was too pop. In fact, when Nervous Gender hit the scene, not even the rowdy punks could handle their sound!

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Louis Jacinto Photo Column—Alice Bag and Edward Stapleton

Louis Jacinto Photo Column—Alice Bag and Edward Stapleton

Louis Jacinto Photo Column—Alice Bag, Edward Stapleton Creating Punk

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Ask me what I did at night throughout the late 1970s, and I’d say I was at the punk clubs watching my favorite bands, especially The Bags and Nervous Gender!

And after all these years, so many of those original punk musicians continue to create new punk music that remains fresh, relevant, and raw!

In 2015 I exhibited my photographs of the punk musicians, showcasing the diversity of Los Angeles punk—Women, Men, Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Black, White, Brown, Red, Yellow— EVERYONE!

Here two of my favorites. Alice Bag, co-founder of The Bags, and Edward Stapleton, co-founder of Nervous Gender, came to the exhibition.

Both of these artists continue to make new music and we are all better off for it!

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