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LAist Recommends: Bomp! Book Signing + the Nolte Bros at La Luz De Jesus
Yes, I know. Saturday's a busy night. So many places to go. So many people to do. But there's always time to fit in a signing of a really cool book at a really cool gallery space and store, especially if there's gonna be live music. So, why not roll into La Luz De Jesus/Wacko tomorrow night between 6 and 9pm to celebrate the publication of what all us musical nerds have long awaited: Bomp! : Saving The World One Record At A Time.
If you live in Los Angeles and don't know who and what Bomp! Magazine and the Bomp Record Label is, then you need to get schooled. Start by reading this compendium of "30 years of rock 'n' roll viewed from the garage." Bomp co-founder, Suzy Shaw and journalist, Mick Farren reintroduce us to CA's seminal, rock 'n' roll music zines (and scenes), Mojo Navigator (1966 to 1967) and Bomp! (1970 to 1979) and that means original writings by a host of hip and cool: Lester Bangs, Greil Marcus, Ken Barnes, Gene Sculatti, David Harris, Lisa Fancher and of course, the man behind the Bomp!, the much-missed, Greg Shaw.
If you weren't there the first time round, here's your chance to check out fresh-while-they-were-happenin interviews with and articles about The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Ramones, Blondie, The Standells, The Troggs, The Runaways, Sky Saxon and The Seeds, Barracudas, Janis Joplin and Big Brother and The Holding Company--just to drop a few legends. You also get the backstory of the original DIY label, Bomp Records, the mysterious "missing" Bomp! Issue #22, Farren and Suzy's insightful essays, and additional bits by Lenny Kaye, Peter Case, Mike Stax, Brendan Mullen and others in-the-know.
To make the night extra groovy, Joe and Mike Nolte of The Last are gonna play an acoustic set! (If you missed those swinging parties at the house on Felton back in 1980, here's your chance.) Seriously, if you like your raucous melodies, 60's inspired-yet original, come and listen--while you get your book signed!
La Luz de Jesus Gallery is at 4633 Hollywood Bl., Los Angeles (Los Feliz) California 90027. Go to the website or call (323) 666-7667 for more info. Can't make it to La Luz? Bomp! : Saving The World One Record At A Time is published by Ammo Books and also available here and no doubt, at your local/online, really bitchin bookseller.
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