From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the L.A. Music Scene, 1978-1989


Culled from the Herald-Examiner photo archive and the Gary Leonard Collection, the LAPL Photo Collection presents a glimpse into a decade in the musical life of a city that produced scores of hit singles, showcased strikingly diverse genres and generated tremendous excitement.  Join us in the History & Genealogy Department for the opening night reception as we unveil rarely seen portraits of Mötley Crüe , The Go-Go’s, X, Minutemen, Social Distortion, The Dickies, Redd Kross, The Runaways, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dream Syndicate, The Three O’Clock and dozens more.  Special guest speakers will share their stories and light refreshments will be provided.  Come experience an extraordinary time in L.A.’s music scene as we salute the bands that helped define the era.  On display in the History & Genealogy Department January 8 to July 28, 2015.


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Ramones founding member, and Redd Kross “Neurotica” producer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone passes away.

Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi) producing Redd Kross' Neurotica.

Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi) producing Redd Kross’ Neurotica.

We are saddened by the news that Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone has passed away; and had hoped it was a hoax.

Aside from the huge inspiration The Ramones and their music had on Redd Kross – Tommy left an indelible mark on Redd Kross with his production of the now considered classic album “Neurotica”. He will be sorely missed, but his influence and spirit will live on with the Ramones music and legacy.

We are forever grateful to have had the opportunity of working with him.

Gabba Gabba Hey, Godspeed Tommy – thank you for all your wonderful contributions and hard work for music and pop culture.

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SF Examiner: Redd Kross in S.F. for New Year’s Eve – interview with Jeff McDonald

Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 11.14.34 PMNew Year’s Eve will be unusual for Jeff McDonald from the campy Los Angeles rock combo Redd Kross. The band – which includes his brother Steven – plays The City with old chums The Melvins and Frightwig, backing their latest riff-fest, “Researching the Blues.” But it’s not exactly McDonad’s preference. Most holidays, he and his wife Charlotte Caffey (of Go Go’s renown) watch “Rocking New Year’s Eve” on TV. He says, “New Year’s is a holiday that I’ve basically given up on, because people have these really high expectations for good times and it’s basically a hooligan’s paradise.”

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