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ERIC Number: EJ998666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
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Vargas, Dan
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v37 n2 p181-203 Fall 2012
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dan Vargas spent his twenties going to punk shows at King's Palace, Club 88, the Cathay de Grand, the Vex, the Starwood, the Hong Kong Cafe, Base's Hall, and the Masque. He has produced for several bands and is currently a songwriter and singer for an LA rock band. In this article, he reflects on the "original" sound of the early punk rock bands, and how well this music has held up over time. As part of this reflection, he resurrects an article he wrote over thirty years ago about four "punk" bands that were just starting out in East Los Angeles. Their music was energetic, honest, and played like it mattered. This original article was never published, although a few copies were made for the bands, and it was at this time that Vargas began producing and managing some of the bands he had written about. Vargas contends that it has taken the world 30 years or so to "catch up on the sounds," and now there appears to be considerable interest in what went on, when it went on, who did what, and how it all went down. He wrote what he saw and felt, and attempted to put it into a format that would carry enthusiasm and urgency. He states that, by reproducing that article now, he hopes to inspire others who are holding on to stories just waiting to be told. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California