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Slash

The undeniable poet of L.A’s first punk scene, was French-native Claude Bessy, better known as “Kickboy Face.” He was the mouthpiece for Slash magazine, which launched in 1977, and was co-founded by Bessy’s friends Steve Samiof and Melanie Nissen. Philomena “Philly” Winstanley, a Brit and Bessy’s soul mate, would round out the first original core staff of the magazine. Many of the personalities you’ll go on to read about in this book would join the unusual quartet to become a close-knit group of contributors (using both their real names and sardonic pseudonyms); many of whom would later produce legendary work in other artistic realms.

Toward the end of 1980 Slash magazine, under the new ownership of Bob Biggs, was just beginning to morph into the record label that would help to define underground music in the 1980s and 1990s, before being sold to Warner Bros. around the turn of the millennium. It is impossible to forget, however, that Slash began as a magazine first, and one that came to define Los Angeles’s punk scene better than any other publication.Slash launches this Friday July 22nd, 6-9pm, 4859 Fountain Ave, Hollywood, 90029