Gallery Watch: Punk Rock Edition

Posted by David Ozanich — 9 Sep 2010

Get out your skin tight leather pants because Iggy Pop and company are back. Just yesterday we took note of goings-on at LACMA, and today brings news of another interesting photo show in Los Angeles, this time at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamont Station. “The Beautiful and the Damned” features 60 photos by of the early punk rock scene by Ann Summa, taken between 1978 and 1984.

The LA Times discusses the show with the artist and describes some of the images selected: “Simple yet telling black-and-white images in the show include Dinah Cancer of the pre- Goth band 45 Grave walking through Hollywood Forever Cemetery trailing a long piece of black mesh; the troubled and savage Darby Crash, lead singer of the Germs, during the band's final performance at the Starwood, a West Hollywood club owned by the controversial Eddie Nash; Exene Cervenka of X standing on a toilet in the graffiti-ridden bathroom of the notorious club the Masque; and Lux Interior, the charismatic and wild-eyed singer of the psychobilly band the Cramps, at the Whiskey a Go Go wearing leather pants so tiny that they look as if they are melting off his scratched torso.”

If you can’t make your way to the gallery, you can buy the book or just click through the handy slide show the Times so kindly put together here.

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