Original mover and
shaker on the L.A.
scene passes away at the age of 60.
By Fred Mills
punk scenester and author Brendan Mullen died on Monday, Oct. 12, after having
suffered a stroke the previous Saturday. He was 60 at the time of his death,
according to a report in the Los Angeles
Mullen, of course, was well known to anyone with even a
passing interest in punk rock – he’d moved from Scotland
to L.A. in the early ‘70s and opened the
legendary Masque club in Hollywood
in 1977. During its storied 1977-79 run the Masque put the likes of X, the
Germs, Go-Go’s, Weirdos and scores more front and center at L.A. punk ground zero.
Over the years Mullen continued to book bands and write
about them, most notably a pair of must-read books on L.A., 2001’s We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of
L.A. Punk and 2002’s Lexicon Devil:
The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs.
On a personal note, I was fortunate to interview Mullen a
couple of times and always found him to be sharper than the proverbial tack and
wittier than at barrelful of Weirdos lyrics. He remained an unfailing and
unflappable supporter of the scene he helped to kickstart, and without his
pioneering efforts it’s likely that Los
Angeles punk would not have achieved the level of
regional and national prominence it ultimately did. His voice and vision will
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