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Brendan Mullen, Club Promoter, Author, Musician, and Visionary Bids Us Adieu

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by Tequila Mockingbird/Special to LAist

The last time I saw Brendan Mullen we had a proper lunch in the Snooker Room at the Cat and Fiddle. The stained glass danced across his face and his eyes were alive with delight when we talked about the fun times. He was working on a new book to be published at a later date, In spite of recent physical difficulties, he seemed content in a way. He told me about his operations and how he still could not turn his head. Brendan Mullen was never happy that the world moved without him.

Brendan Mullen passed away yesterday after suffering a massive stroke two days earlier. According to the LA Times

Mullen died at Ventura County Medical Center, his companion of 16 years, Kateri Butler, said Monday. The couple had been traveling through Santa Barbara and Ventura celebrating his 60th birthday, which was Friday. "The doctors are completely perplexed," Butler said. "They can't figure out why he had a stroke -- he had none of the indicators, his cholesterol was perfect. One of the neurologists summed it up best when he said, 'Sometimes, your number is just up.' "

Mullen was born in Paisley, Scotland, near Glasgow, grew up in Manchester, England, and moved to the U.S. when he was a teenager. He is best known for The Masque, a club he founded in the 70s that was ground zero for the nascent punk scene in Los Angeles. He always had wonderful musical taste, booking early L.A.punk icons. The Dickies, X, The Bags, The Skulls, the Go-Go’s, and Fear played their first shows at the Masque.