Tag Archives: Louis Jacinto

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, The Bags—Beyond Fashion

The Bags, Louis Jacinto

It was always the music not the fashion!

Louis Jacinto Photo Column – The Alley Cats

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Punk, But Good Looking Too!

Louis Jacinto Photo Column—Punks

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By 1979, the Whisky A Go Go realized that punk bands would always draw a large crowd. Us kids in the audience were making our own statements with how we dressed. I don’t know who this punk is; I’m hoping she sees this and remembers how she, too, changed the world!

Louis Jacinto Photo Column—The Know

Louis Jacinto Photo Column—The Know

Valentine formed The Know, including Richard d’Andrea and Joel Turrisi, in 1978 and was the first band to play Madame Wong’s in Los Angeles’s Chinatown. Although The Know, like Blondie, was not a punk band, both groups emerged during the initial punk scene in the late 1970s.

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Patti Smith

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Patti Smith

Patti Smith was still staying close and intimate with us. And her music continued to be punk and beyond. Easter, her third album, which was the work she was promoting, is still an untouchable piece of pure art.

Louis Jacinto Photo Column – Halloween with Nervous Gender

Louis Jacinto Photo Column - Nervous Gender

this night was just plain wild! It was Halloween and everyone was there— punks, disco kids, the artsy/fartsy crowd, rock and rollers, and the very, very curious. The band tore up our eardrums then tore up their instruments! That’s what I was doing forty years ago!

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Gerardo Velasquez

Gerardo Velasquez and Mike Ochoa, 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!

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, The Alley Cats

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, The Alley Cats

Dianne Chai (bass and vocals), Randy Stodola (guitar and vocals), and John McCarthy (drums)—just the three of them—filled the Starwood with a fury that other larger bands couldn’t get near.

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Tomata du Plenty, The Screamers

This year Tomata du Plenty, front man for the iconic punk band The Screamers, would have turned seventy. Wow! It’s one thing for me to see the musicians who I followed every move when I was a kid grow old, but now to see my contemporaries age too?

Louis Jacinto Photo Column—Alice Bag and Edward Stapleton

Louis Jacinto Photo Column—Alice Bag and Edward Stapleton

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.