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Photos Of Los Angeles Rock Bands 1978 to 1989

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Thanks to the Los Angeles Public Library for sharing with us photos from the LA music scene 1978 to 1989. The collection features Black Flag, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Minutemen, the Go-Go’s, Van Halen, Motley Crüe, Jane’s Addiction and more. When Los Angles rock music is mentioned I first think of touring bands staying at the Continental Hyatt House on Sunset Strip (aka the “Riot House”), where John Bonham rode a motorbike along the corridors and Keiths tossed tellies through the windows – Keith Richards tossed a TV thorough the window of room 1015; Keith Moon thought it a great idea. But this is about the talented and bravura bands made in LA, the glitzy, diverse, theatrical, debauched, hair-metal, raucous and vibrant groups that lit up the city.

There was also a supplemental catalog published with around 100 photos that is still available through Amazon: From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the Los Angeles Music Scene, 1978-1989.

 

Knudsen, Anne. 00121784 Go Go's [graphic] / 1981

Go Go’s by Anne Knudsen – 1981

Anthony Kiedis and Flea by James Ruebsamen - 1989

Anthony Kiedis and Flea by James Ruebsamen –
1989

Greg Ginn and Henry Rollins by Bob Brown - 1984

Greg Ginn and Henry Rollins by Bob Brown – 1984

Perry Farrell, Jane's Addiction by Lucy Snowe - 1989

Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction by Lucy Snowe – 1989

Mötley Crüe by Leonard, Gary, - 1983

Mötley Crüe by Leonard, Gary, – 1983

Demonstrating for Quiet Riot, by Ken Papaleo - 1979

Demonstrating for Quiet Riot, by Ken Papaleo – 1979

Circle Jerks show by Gary Leonard - 1981

Circle Jerks show by Gary Leonard – 1981

The Plugz, 1986. Photo: Gary Leonard

The Plugz by Gary Leonard – 1986

Musgrove, Dean. 00121780 Dream Syndicate [graphic] / 1982

Dream Syndicate by Dean Musgrove – 1982

WASP at blood drive

Social Distortion by Chris Gulker -1983

Social Distortion by Chris Gulker – 1983

Ruebsamen, James. 00121792 Minutemen [graphic] / 1983

Minutemen by James Ruebsamen – 1983

The Bangles, 1983. Photo: Michael Edwards

The Bangles by Michael Edwards – 1983

Blasters show by Michael Edwards - 1983

Blasters show by Michael Edwards – 1983

Eddie Van Halen, 1984. Photo: Paul Chinn

Eddie Van Halen by Paul Chinn – 1984

Cathay de Grande Nightclub by Gary Leonard - 1984

Cathay de Grande Nightclub by Gary Leonard – 1984

Three O'Clock by by Mike Mullen - 1989

Three O’Clock by by Mike Mullen – 1989

Jarzomb, Leo. 00074261 Los Lobos concert [graphic] /

Los Lobos by Leo Jarzomb – 1988

The Dickies by Todd Everett - 1989

The Dickies by Todd Everett – 1989

Inger Lorre, The Nymphs, by Lucy Snowe - 1989

Inger Lorre, The Nymphs, by Lucy Snowe – 1989

Snowe, Lucy. 00054867 El Vez, "The Mexican Elvis" [graphic] /

El Vez, “The Mexican Elvis” by Lucy Snowe – 1988

  • Fred Johansen

    Wow, a rare Bangles photograph that one.

  • trumpy

    Pretty sure that’s El Duce from The Mentors outside the club, behind the guy holding the bat.