Everybody here at WOW is very sad about the loss of Brendan Mullen, the influential leader of the LA punk scene who died of a stroke yesterday. He was 60. His life partner of 16 years, Kateri Butler, said today in the LA Times: “The doctors are completely perplexed. 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.'” (Which, btw, is something I would NEVER want my neurologist to say, just sayin’.) Brendan was the first promoter of punk in Los Angeles, and it should be noted that his legendary club, The Masque, was located in what is now the basement library of the World of Wonder building. Every major band of the period, from the Germs, X, the Mutants, the Dils, and the Dead Kennedys to the Go-Gos performed there, and fabulously left graffiti on the walls (which is still there to this day). In recent years Brendan focused on writing books that documented the music scene in which he had been so instrumental: We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk, published in 2001; Lexicon Devil: the Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs, and Live at the Masque. He was an excellent storyteller and a true gentleman. Brendan will definitely be missed, but hopefully his ghost will settle into the basement here at WOW and haunt us for decades to come.
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