Los Angeles: 1979.
Hardcover. Quarto. Measuring 11" x 12". Spiral bound yellow paper over boards with silvered decorative outline and handwritten title on the front cover. Contains 66 black and white or color photographs measuring approximately 3.5" x 5", without captions. Very good album with tears on the hinge and spine with near fine photographs.
A photo album compiled by a fan attending a show by The Tubes and The Runaways in the late 1970s at Los Angeles’ Whiskey a Go Go. The first half of the album shows The Tubes performance with photos in black and white. The Tubes were a “gonzo San Francisco rock group” formed in the 1970s who combined punk and a boisterous stage show to craft their image. They were fronted by the 6’ 4” “Quay Lude” who dressed in glam outfits and sang songs such as “White Punks on Dope.” The photos here show parts of their show featuring simulated sex acts, burlesque, the model Re Styles, and graphics from anatomy books projected behind them on stage. According to the *San Francisco Chronicle*, “performances were full stage productions, sometimes including a car or motorcycle, a chainsaw (sans blade) and 12-foot inflatable cigarettes. They toured like a theater troupe, with a seven-man band, six dancers and a full crew.” The Tubes scored an early MTV hit with the song, “She’s a Beauty” which used a carnival theme as the background for the video and was on heavy rotation on the network.
The second half of the album are color photographs from a Runaways show at the Whiskey a Go Go in January of 1979, including opener Moon Martin on stage. Many of the Runaways photos show Lita Ford and Joan Jett playing guitars and singing. The photos are candids taken by a fan in the crowd and often feature a smiling Lita Ford and a screaming Joan Jett. At the time of this show The Runaways were a foursome after the departure Cherie Currie and with Vicki Blue replacing Sandy West on bass.
A nice collection of fan photography of late 1970s Los Angeles punk.