22 Mar Gallery 30 South presents A Punk Rock Primer (L.A. 1982-1992) by Linda Aronow
On View Through: Apr 4th – 28th
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 7th, 3-6PM
Linda Aronow was the manger of WACKO on Melrose during it’s heyday in the 80s and 90s when Punk was becoming New Wave, but the Post Punk sound was giving way to what would soon be termed Alternative Rock. ON the weekends, kids flocked from East LA and the Valley to Melrose Avenue to buy their Doc Martens and Manic Panic hair dye, and Linda was everybody’s favorite Goth Shopkeeper. In the evenings Linda was busy documenting the live music scene of that era, and managed to capture still photos of the most iconic bands of the day over multiple gigs spanning over a decade.
The collection of photographs that comprises her first ever exhibition, titled: A Punk Rock Primer: L.A. 1982 – 1992, includes incredibly intuitive snapshots of Minor Threat, Henry Rollins & Black Flag, T.S.O.L., The Damned, Christian Death, GBH, Kommunity FK, Social Distortion, Alice Bag, and some of the first ever shows by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
These photos have never been seen before, and so serve as an iconic time capsule for an era that is experiencing a high degree of nostalgia at this very moment. Most extraordinary is how it is possible for new iconic images to emerge nearly 40 years after the fact, which in a post-internet age is nothing short of miraculous. All of the photographs on display were shot with a Canon AE1 and developed in a darkroom by the photographer, herself. All are signed and numbered. Each is 11×14 in. and priced $425.