RIP brendan mullen

October 14, 2009

Brendan Mullen died on Monday and with it, a piece of LA punk history. Not only did he skip out on the UK to co-own Hollywood hardcore-hole the Masque which was in 1978 what dingy-homegrown-music haven The Smell is today, but he also used that to catapult himself into a lifelong career as the only booking agent in town who actually gave a shit about the music. We interviewed him back in 2007 for our Masque 30th Anniversary Issue and discovered that New York sucked even back then and he still owns 95% of his old records. Flea wrote “an appreciation” of Mullen for the LA Times and it made me cry openly on the blue line as it rolled through South Central. I obviously didn’t know him personally, but his is a name that comes up again and again when talking of the underground’s don’t-give-a-fuck early days and because of him bands like X, The Germs, The Dogs and The Zeroes are still (in one incarnation or another) playing shows.

RIP Brendan Mullen

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