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7/3: Christopher Bales – Archetypal Memory at La Luz de Jesus Gallery


CHRISTOPHER BALES
Archetypal Memory
Showing with Click Mort, Aaron Rivera, Edward Robin Coronel

July 3 – August 2, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, July 3rd; 8-11PM

LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667
www.laluzdejesus.com

 

 

Garage sales, flea markets, antique stores, junk yards: these are places you might find me rummaging over display tables or inside water stained boxes looking for any object that asks me politely to take it home. I place my excavations on one of dozens of dusty shelves where they may sit for years waiting to be put to use.

My sculptures are created in a similar way. I start by collecting a pile of objects. The artwork defines itself as these seemingly unrelated items are constructed. Sometimes the concept is immediately clear, other times I have to wait for it to be finished to find the meaning. This subliminal way of working preserves the mystery and spontaneity in my art, managing to keep the process fresh.

My work represents oddities I have discovered stumbling around the attic of my subconscious, touching on universal icons that find their way to the surface. My hope is that the viewer will be disturbed, amused, intrigued, or at least curious about what I have created.- Christopher Bales


It seems cheap to pigeonhole assemblage artist Christopher Bales‘ work as merely steampunk: His aesthetic is older than that. Although he sometimes uses antique and vintage materials associated with the genre, such as metal cogs, the final product often looks more like an altar constructed from the rubble of a pre-Victorian cathedral. Bales, who has been assembling these intricate sculptures since 1989, said he sources “an enormous amount of objects”-like broken wooden boxes, dolls, clocks, picture frames, figurines-from his weekly visits to flea markets and thrift stores. When he starts a new piece, he says he doesn’t have a preconceived notion of what the end result will be, but following his intuition when layering cutouts of classic paintings over etchings with skulls and religious imagery creates enough detail for the viewer to stay engaged but not overwhelmed. -Shoka, Sacramento Bee

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Jesika von Rabbit Summer 2015 Shows!


Jesika von Rabbit Journey Mitchell LP on Dionysus Records / Royal Order
exclusively available at shows until official street date via ILD Distribution July 14!
CD available now at this link – Digital via iTunes available now here


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There will be Jesika von Rabbit LPs, CDs, and T-Shirts for sale at the shows!

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June 4: Harvard and Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles (East Hollywood), CA 90027
www.harvardandstone.com
June 11
: DNA Lounge,  375 Eleventh St., San FranciscoCA 94103
www.dnalounge.com
June 13Portland Gay PridePortland OR, main stage, 5:30 show-time
www.pridenw.org
June 14Deadbeat Olympia,  226 Division St NW, Olympia, WA 98502
www.facebook.com/deadbeatrecordsmoscow
June 15El Corazon 109 Eastlake Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98109
www.elcorazonseattle.com
June 25The Flycatcher 340 E. 6th ST. Tucson, AZ 85705
www.theflycatchertucson.com
June 26The Rogue Bar 423 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
www.theroguebar.com
June 27Backstage Bar & Billiards 601 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
www.backstagebarandbilliards.com
July 9: LP Release Party at Pappy and Harriet’s with Voodoo Organist
53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268 www.pappyandharriets.com
July 11: LP Release Party at BAR with Voodoo Organist
340 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.barwastaken.com
July 18: Club Underground at The Grandstar,
943 N Broadway Los Angeles, CA (Chinatown) 90012 www.clubundergroundla.com
August 27-29: Campout 11 at Pappy and Harriet’s with Cracker, Camper van Beethoven and others – JvR performs Friday the 28, more info here

Journey Mitchell LP cover collage by mrtamale – T-shirt design by Eric Tolles.

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5/8: California Deathrock Book Release Party at La Luz de Jesus

 

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California Deathrock:
Subculture Portraits

By Forrest Black and Amelia G
Book Release /  Signing Party
Friday, May 8th, 2015
7-10 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

For nearly a quarter of a century, Amelia G and Forrest Black have been documenting subculture in America. Their work has been published by everyone from Rolling Stone to Playboy and, of course, the seminal publication they are best known for, Blue Blood. Their remarkable portraits benefit from a combination of social anthropology and celebration of community, simultaneously presenting documentary and aspirational artistic ideal. The hallmarks of their distinctive photographic style are viscerally saturated colors and an extraordinary talent for finding intense star quality in their often unusual subjects. Amelia G did her undergraduate work at Wesleyan University and graduate at University of Michigan. Her thesis was a cross-cultural deconstruction of vampires in popular culture. Forrest Black is an award-winning designer whose work has been covered by venues from Print to MTV. He likes black cats and beer. Home base is Los Angeles.

California Deathrock was initially funded by Kickstarter, and is available only in very limited quantities. Both authors will be present to sign books and discuss the scene they’ve been covering for twenty-five years, and trust us–their stories are good!

Since the mid-1990’s, Forrest and I have been setting up full blown location studios in all sorts of unlikely and underground places. We’ve set up lights and backdrops in wind-blown theater parking lots in the middle of the night, while bands played their shows, in co-ed strip clubs, and crammed behind the pool table in the back of noisy dive bars. Sometimes it’s a real challenge, but this is how we shoot our personal work. We like to capture the moments in their real environments. For this compendium, we chose only images which were actually shot in California. Some of the deathrockers in this volume grew up here and some are transplants and some were just passing through. Forrest and I had a lot of debates, while hunched over a contact sheet with loupes in hand, over whether a particular photo was really more deathrock or more Gothic, as we needed a methodology for honing down what to share. When we started shooting, there were very few photographers who would ever shoot anyone gothic or punk or tattooed or pierced or fetish and the few who did approached the subject matter in a gritty unattractive purely anthropological manner, like they were going to the zoo. We wanted to create respectful and celebratory work. We wanted to capture the joy and tribal sense of community which we experienced in the various subterranean worlds we documented. We wanted the flamboyant beauty we saw to resonate with other people the way it did for us. We wanted the people we photographed to look the way they looked in our minds’ eyes when we recalled the excitement of nightlife at midnight.– Amelia G

Click here to purchase the book online.

Hardcover: 172 pages
Publisher: Blue Blood; 1 edition (October 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0984605330
Product Dimensions: 8 x .63 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.25 Lbs.
$80.00

“I like their style of cross processing, and I like the fact that they go out into clubland and photograph the wildlife.” – Matt Riser, publisher, New Grave magazine

“If West Coast deathrock had official scene photographers, they would be Amelia G and Forrest Black.” – Kate Deathrock, Deathrock.org

“The refreshingly fascinating photography of Amelia G and Forrest Black successfully captures the alluring mystique of the members of our society’s underground sub-cultures, and presents these often-misunderstood individuals in a sexy, provocative, and yet approachable way.” – Linda “FC” Fletch, Editor, Tattoo Savage magazine

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4/16: Johnny Angel Wendell Looking For Lady Dee


Looking-for-Lady-DeeLooking for Lady Dee:
A Punk Rock Mystery

Book Release & Signing Party

Book launch, reading and signing
with author Johnny Angel Wendell
Thursday, April 16, 2015
7-9 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Looking For Lady Dee (A Punk Rock Mystery) is a one of a kind story paralleling the career of a second wave punk band (Thrills) with the disappearance of one of its fans. The story of the late 70’s/early 80’s popular music scene is the backdrop. Author Johnny Angel Wendell tells all with pinpoint accuracy and wicked detail. Lurid, vivid and relentless in its descriptions of rock music’s unholy triumvirate (sex, drugs and the music itself) from an author that lived it and survived and his cohorts, many of whom did not. The author recounts, as the 23 year old Johnny Angel, his history in the movement as a sullen, surly squirt leaning very much on negative charisma and impulsive street smarts to get ahead in the demi-monde of punk/New Wave. And the disappearance of his love, a very good girl gone very bad, Ms. Dee McClain. As the 50 something Johnny Angel Wendell, he is contacted online by Ms. McClain’s best friend from the same music scene, Linda “Vivienne DeMilo” Boudreaux and together they piece together Dee’s story through hard work and a bit of old fashioned chicanery. What happened to their mutual friend leads them to places they never dreamed existed and in many ways, they thought they’d seen it all! Inspired by writers like Raymond Chandler, Lester Bangs, Bukowski, Richard Hell and Dennis Lehane, “Looking For Lady Dee” is not another middle aged look back at a wasted youth, but a hard-nosed twisting and turning tome of discovery and resolution.

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: X+Z Publishing; 1 edition (February 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996138803
ISBN-13: 978-0996138802
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
$9.99

Johnny Wendell’s Looking for Lady Dee is a wildass, thrill-a-minute, insider’s ride through the punk rock inferno–written bya man who made the scene and somehow survived to talk about it. Think Bukowski meets Sid & Nancy, or Please Kill Me re-crafted by Dennis Lehane. With Lady Dee, Wendell has cooked up a nasty, sexy, beer-splattered, dope soaked kick-in-the-face-of-a-mystery. Not for the faint of heart–and not to be missed. —Jerry Stahl

Johnny writes with pinpoint accuracy, brutal honesty, and a healthy dose of arrogance. The one thing he’s always done, when he sets his mind to it, is deliver. Like his music and his politics his writing comes straight from the center of his heart. It’s hard to find someone who is so passionate about everything he does while simultaneously leading you to believe he does not give a fuck. Read Johnny’s book you will not be disappointed. —Dicky Barrett

About the author
Johnny Angel Wendell is a radio host, actor, musician and writer. He lives with his wife and sons in Silverlake, Los Angeles, California.

Only books purchased at the gallery will qualify for signing.
Reserve your signed copies today!
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323) 663-0122 or sales@soapplant.com or click here to purchase your copy online.

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Vanity Projects Residency at Pehrspace March 28-April 25


Vanity Projects Residency at Pehrspace
A month of art and music events curated by Geoff Geis / Vanity Projects
March 28-April 25

Pehrspace

325 Glendale Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
www.pehrspace.org

Geoff Geis has been an active contributor to LA’s vast and varied underground scene for the past decade as a musician, artist, and correspondent for LA Record and other publications. Geis’ boutique cassette label Vanity Projects is in charge of curating the art and music for Pehrspace from March 28-April 25.

Geis has built the month around friendship and collaboration, reaching out to people who have made the community so rich over the years.

Events include a one-night only revival of the long-standing Sean Carnage Mondays series that ended last year, a Craft Night with the people behind the LA Zine Fest, a new installment of the absurdist variety show Charm School, an Easter Karaoke and potluck, and musical performances by acts including So Many Wizards, Emily Lacy, Signor Benedick the Moor, Spooks, Ghost Noise, Sweet Bump it, a reunited Big Whup, and more. Large, colorful, and abstract works by artists Anne-Louise Ewen, Ghost Ghost Teeth, and Nora Quinn will adorn the walls for the entirety of the residency.

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All events start at 9pm
Opening reception
Monday, March 28
https://www.facebook.com/events/839915786076416/
Free/All Ages

The first 25 attendees will receive a cassette single (with digital download) by Geoff Geis including exclusive material unavailable elsewhere.

Artists:

Anne-Louise Ewen
anne louise ewenLos Angeles-based artist and designer Anne-Louise Ewen has been creating artwork professionally since 1994 when she graduated from an arts-focused magnet boarding school in Louisiana and moved to Paris, France. A Faulknerian childhood in the Deep South strengthened her resolve to bring art into existence instead of waiting for it to come to her.

She invents processes and explores unconventional uses of media to discover beauty and to create paintings that bear evidence of the physical actions she takes as well as the less predictable contributions of time and space. This evidence, she says, puts her in conspiracy with what happened at its creation.

In the series of paintings I’m creating now, titled The Cooling, Calming Night, (for Geoff Geis’ Vanity Projects Residency at Pehrspace), wanted to expand the boundaries of freedom in my work by painting directly on raw, unstretched canvas and to dare myself to create exquisiteness in increasingly experimental ways, using resin and various media, including acrylic ink, charcoal and gold sign paint. – Anne-Louise Ewen

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Vietnamese American artist Simon Tran, a.k.a. ghost ghost teeth, creates internal landscapes that allude to a certain cultural hybridity. Tran uses the language of abstraction to reference rainbow herbicides–Agent Orange being the most widely known– used during the Vietnam War. He creates lush jungle landscapes have a viral nature to them. He paints topographical hard edged organic shapes commingle with sweeping gestural marks that create a visceral experience.

Though he was located for a long time in Long Beach, Tran has recently moved to Berkeley where he attends UC and is represented by the Compound gallery. It was in Berkeley that he created the works on display during the Vanity Projects residency.

nora quinnNora Quinn
Nora Quinn’s creations are part Keith Haring, part Lisa Frank, and full of every color in the rainbow. Her mixed media formations are made by chopping and reassembling digital prints, painted textures, found colors and glittery pieces into their own sparkling, gem-like motifs.

Born in Philadelphia, Nora comes from a background in Graphic Design and Textiles. She continues to approach art from multiple disciplines in an effort to envelope her audience in pigmented particles as a welcome assault on the senses.

 

 

Performers:

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Geoff Geis, who curated the Vanity Projects Residency at Pehrspace, has participated in a variety of LA musical projects including prog-punk virtuosos Pizza!, newly reunited indie pop rockers Big Whup, and as the bassist for a short time in dreampunk band So Many Wizards. Although he rarely plays live as a solo artist, his recordings have garnered him a large international digital fanbase on sites including SoundCloud, on which he has accumulated more than 1.2 million followers worldwide and through which he has collaborated with artists as far-flung as Tokyo.

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and DJ Taylor of KXLU’s the Windmills of Your Mind

 

 

 

 

Other events upcoming:

Monday, March 30
Sean Carnage Presents Hot Fudge Mondae
$5/All Ages

Friday, April 3
First Fridays with Eli and Mary,
featuring Dawn of Sequins, Crown Plaza, Ghost Noise, and Sweet Bump It
$5/ All Ages

Monday, April 6
LA Zine Fest Craft night
Free / All Ages

Friday, April 10
Vanity Projects and Playtime Posse Compilation Release Party
$5 / All Ages
The first 50 attendees receive a free compilation CD including a variety of local musicians

Saturday, April 11
Disco Cisco’s Charm School
$5/ All Ages

Saturday, April 18
Vanity Projects presents Bür Gür, Eye Seas, Le Cos, & lilacs
$5 / All Ages

Sunday, April 19
A night curated by DM Collins

Saturday, April 25
Big Whup Reunion and Residency Closing

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3/6-8: Jesika von Rabbit International Radio Debut


Jesika von Rabbit’s spicy track, “Psychic Spice”, from her upcoming Journey Mitchell album on Royal Order (CD to be released March 21) and Dionysus Records/Royal Order (LP to be released late Spring – early Summer)  will debut on INTERNATIONAL radio via Jonathan L’s “Lopsided World of L” Radio Show, to air March 6-8!

The track is also featured in a video directed by Jessica Janos.

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Listen to Lopsided World of L – March 6- 8

See set-list here Website www.jlradio.com

Featuring the international radio debut of  Jesika von Rabbit


 

Friday March 6 on www.rockxs.com Athens Greece 14:00 GMT- 15:00 CET- 16:00 EETin America: 6am Pacific- 7am AZ- 8am Central- 9am East Coast

Friday March 6 www.merseyradio.co.uk Liverpool, England6- 8 pm in United Kingdom – 7pm Central Europe America:10am Pacific- 11am AZ- Noon Central- 1pm East Coast

Saturday March 7 www.indie1031.com Los Angeles 11am Pacific- NOON AZ- 1pm Central- 2pm East Coast in Europe: 19:00 GMT- 20:00 CET- 21:00 EET

Sunday March 8 on www.kingfm.net Berlin, Germany 21:00 GMT- 22:00 CET- 23:00 EETin America 1pm Pacific- 2pm AZ- 3pm Central- 4pm East Coast(rebroadcast following Tuesday & Thursday (same times)

Sunday March 8 on www.kfma.com Tucson, Arizona 11pm- 1am Rock 102 FM

Sunday March 8 on www.indie1031.com Los Angeles (rebroadcast) 10pm Pacific- 11pm AZ- Midnight Central- 11pm AZ- 1am East Coast (Europe is wee hours Monday morning)

Sunday March 8 www.andhow.org 107.5 FM New Zealand 8-10pm in New Zealand –6-8pm Sydney, Australia Saturday March 7 11pm Pacific CoastSunday March 8 morning 7am U.K.- 8am Central Europe

Same edition runs following Wednesday on KWSS 93.9 FM Phoenix www.kwss.org at 10pm AZ time

Same edition runs following Thursday on Radio Andra Gothenburg 11am Pacific- NOON AZ- 1pm Central- 2pm East Coast in Europe: 19:00 GMT- 20:00 CET- 21:00 EET

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3/21: Temple of Art Book Release & Signing La Luz de Jesus


Temple of Art Book Release & Signing Party
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7-10pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Temple-of-Art_bookTemple of Art documents a two-year art and photography project; a unique collaboration between over 50 great artists and photographer/director Allan Amato that includes original work incorporating multiple modalities and disciplines.

The exhibition opened at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in December, and quickly became the talk of the internet. Many of the original pieces were snatched up by celebrity collectors, but the book reproduces all of them in a handsome, hardcover volume published by Baby Tattoo Books.

Many of the participants will be present to sign the books and discuss the feature film documentary that has evolved out of this unique project.

The List of Contributors:

Allan Amato, Adnohia, Barron Storey, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Thies, Christiane Shillito, Christine Wu, Coop, Dadushin, Danni Shinya Luo, Dave McKean, David Stoupakis, David Mack, Denys Cowan, Dongyun Lee, Dorian Iten, Gail Potocki, Grant Morrison, Greg Ruth, Hueman, Jasmine Worth, Jason Shawn Alexander, JAW Cooper, Jenna Gibson, Jensine Eckwall, Jim Mahfood, John Malloy, Jon Burgerman, Junko Mizuno, Justin Volz, Kellesimone Waits, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Kozyndan, Kurt Huggins, Kyle Stecker, Marc Scheff, Mark Buckingham, Matt Kennedy, Matthew Bone, Matthew Levin, Megan Hutchinson, Molly Crabapple, Nicole Maloof, Ping Zhu, Rebecca Guay, Roman Dirge, Rovina Cai, Satine Phoenix, Scott Fischer, Shaun Berke, Soey Milk, Stephanie Inagaki, Teresa Fischer, Vincent Castiglia, You Jung Byun, Zak Smith, Zelda Devon.

A complete gallery of images from the book and exhibition can be found here.

Temple of Art
by Allan Amato, et al.
Hardcover
9 x 12.25 x 1″
$50

Only books and records purchased here will qualify for signing.
Reserve your signed copies today!
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323)663-0122 or sales@soapplant.com or click here to purchase your copy online.

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3/14: Gimme Shelter Celebrities & Their Pets – La Luz de Jesus

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Celebrities and Their Pets
Book Signing Party

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 6-9pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

Confirmed celebrities signing the book along with photographer/author Suzanne Allison are: Melora Walter (Boogie Nights), John J. York (General Hospital), Eden Riegel (All My Children), more info forthcoming.

A five year labor of love by Photographer Suzanne Allison, “Gimme Shelter” contains beautiful photos featuring notable celebrities such as Steven Tyler, Amanda Seyfried, Courtney Cox, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Demi Moore with their pets. The heartfelt foreword by Johnny Depp and touching quote from Matthew Modine set the tone for this intimate look at celebrities and their pets.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Gimme Shelter will go to The Amanda Foundation’s mobile spay/neuter clinic, The Brittany Foundation, Pet Orphans of Southern California as well as many other animal charities and rescues.

Gimme Shelter serves as a tribute to all of the pets featured and to all pets that have had the good fortune of being in safe loving homes. Our intention is to inspire everyone to treat their pets as family members. In an effort to alleviate overcrowded shelters and rescues, we urge all to SPAY/NEUTER and MICROCHIP!

Thank you for your continued support.
XO

About the author:

Suzanne Allison has had a camera in her hands since she was 13 years old. Her outstanding work in concert photography speaks for itself, but her real gift is capturing touching moments with people and their pets. Suzanne believes that these beautiful creatures are the real stars of “Gimme Shelter”. The greatest accomplishment we can achieve with this book will be opening peoples eyes to the overwhelming numbers of pets that are abandoned and how it IS possible to greatly reduce the number of dogs and cats in shelters. Please SPAY/ NEUTER and MICROCHIP your pets… educate your children and teach them that pets are not toys. They are to be treated kindly with respect and love… Give love, Get love… pretty simple.

Gimme Shelter
ISBN: 978-0-615-90321-7
Price: $75.00 USD

Only books purchased here will qualify for signing.
Reserve your signed copies today!
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(323)663-0122 or sales@soapplant.com or click here to purchase your copy online.

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3/7: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller book release blast!

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I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller book release blast!

Saturday, March 7, 2-5 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery / Soap Plant / Wacko
(starting two doors down at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop, and continuing with a nighttime show at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank)
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

The Los Angeles book launch for I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller is set for March 7 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery/Soap Plant/Wacko– one month after the BF4 recording of I Fought the Law is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame on February 7.

KICKS BOOKS CRACKS ONE OF MUSIC’S MOST TRAGIC MYSTERIES WITH I FOUGHT THE LAW: THE LIFE AND STRANGE DEATMarch 7H OF BOBBY FULLER BY MIRIAM LINNA AND RANDELL FULLER (1942-1966)

Book launch and concert featuring original Bobby Fuller Four members confirmed for Saturday March 7 in Los Angeles and Burbank.

FULLER’S “I FOUGHT THE LAW” TO BE INDUCTED INTO 2015 GRAMMY HALL OF FAME FEBRUARY 7

…on July 18, 1966, at the age of 23 and with a Top 10 hit on the charts, Bobby Fuller was found dead in the front seat of a car doused in gasoline outside his Hollywood apartment. ‘I Fought The Law,’ named after Fuller’s most iconic recording, is the first ever authorized biography of the ill-fated 1960’s Texas music legend. Norton Records/Kicks Books co-founder and Fuller biographer Miriam Linna, has teamed up with Bobby’s brother and bandmate Randell, to reveal the true story of the short life and strange death of Bobby Fuller.

Randell opens up for the first time about growing up with Bobby– from their idyllic Southwestern childhood in Texas, New Mexico, and Utah, to their teen-age years in the burgeoning El Paso music scene, to the Hollywood helter skelter that would claim Bobby’s life. His death remains a mystery, with much conjecture and misinformation on al fronts.

Bobby Fuller was immersed in all aspects of music—writing, performing, recording, and marketing. He first appeared on record in 1958, at the age of fifteen. While still in his teens, he started his own band and record company, and built a home studio with Randell. By the age of 21, he owned his own teen club in El Paso, with his group, the Fanatics, as the house band. The club closed in ’64, and the group lit out for Los Angeles. They were soon recording for the Mustang label as the Bobby Fuller Four. Enormously popular locally, the BFF landed two singles in the Billboard charts – 1965’s “Let Her Dance,” and the iconic “I Fought The Law” in 1966, which vaulted them to the national and international stage.

Though recorded by everyone from the Crickets on down, Bobby Fuller’s version of “I Fought The Law” remains definitive version. Next month it will be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

Miriam Linna has written extensively about Bobby Fuller, particularly for several collections of his recordings, which appear on New York’s Norton Records label. She collects and catalogs true crime magazines, paperback books and pulps, and edits Bad Seed, a compendium of teen-age crime in pop culture from 1949-1959. She has written about music and crime since 1975. Her articles have appeared in several publications including Crime Beat, the Guardian, Spin, Seventeen, Loops Journal, and Kicks.

Randell Fuller is Bobby Fuller’s brother and band mate. Only two years apart in age, they were often mistaken for twins as children. As bass player for the Bobby Fuller Four, and the El Paso Fanatics before that, Randell and Bobby were inseparable. The gruesome death of his brother sent Randell into a tailspin from which it would take him years to recover. He has rarely given interviews, and only now opens up to reveal untold information.

A book launch with the authors in Los Angeles is set for March 7 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery. Hollywood denizen DJ Howie Pyro is set for presentation, and a pre-book blast hair event is scheduled at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop two doors down from La Luz De Jesus Gallery. Join the authors (and make an appointment!) as the expert hair hoppers at the hair emporium perform maneuvers that will result in Sebring-esque 60’s joys such as the “Exeter”, the “Mustang”, and the “Eastwood”, suitable for style conscious individuals of all persuasions. Exeter perfume will be demonstrated as a hair freshener, and will be available exclusively at the shop.

Randell Fuller and original Bobby Fuller Four drummer Dewayne Quirico will perform songs of the Bobby Fuller Four that night as their “Let Her Dance” goes head to head and toe to toe with “Let’s Dance”, as Chris Montez also performs a rocking’ set, with Deke Dickerson as band leader. Deke and Howie Pyro are scheduled to DJ with mid sixties floor fillers.

I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller as told through the eyes of his brother Randy.
Fuller’s teenage home garage recordings are pure, wild and heartstopping anthems that pushed him into the Hollywood big leagues where he was no longer in control of his music and career. The title song, plus Let Her Dance, Another Sad And Lonely Night, Shakedown and so many others are all world-class rock and roll favorites. He wrote the songs, recorded them in a garage studio that he built with Randy, released them on his own record labels, promoted and supported them himself, and opened his own teenage night club in El Paso. He was the king of the scene, and soon found himself bound for the coast where he wanted to bring his vision to a larger audience. This book tells the story of his early years, through the Texas teen days, and into the last eighteen months of his life when his career skyrocketed into the music charts, television and the movies, and he became an unwilling pawn to powerbrokers with little regard for his talent. He was found dead in a car, doused in gasoline, in July of 1966.

I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller 1942-1966
By Miriam Linna and Randell Fuller
This trade paperback (6″ x 9″), printed in a 330 page first edition of 1,966 copies, is now also available as an Kindle Kicks ebook.
Kicks Books (KBM1) ISBN 978 1 940157 95 5​​​​​​

EXETER FRAGRANCE One precocious avoirdupois half ounce, equal parts Texas glory, Hollywood glitz and NYC sizzle. Ltd promotional fragrance. Bodacious allure for both he and she, not for the timid! Named for Bobby’s own Texas label, packaged in signature Kicks Perfume gift box with a record spindle, of course.

BOBBY FULLER – I FOUGHT THE LAW (Original 1964 demo version) / A NEW SHADE OF BLUE (45-187) 1964 version recorded in Bobby’s El Paso home studio! Pre-dates Exeter and Mustang releases! First time on 45!

Only books and records purchased at La Luz de Jesus will qualify for signing.
Reserve your signed copy today!
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(323)663-0122 or sales@soapplant.com

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