A new documentary looks at the creation of what must be the most tattooed logo in punk rock.
Created and directed by rock archivist Bryan Ray Turcotte with photographer Bo Bushnell, the first instalment of ‘The Art of Punk’ begins with Black Flag founding members Keith Morris and Chuck Dukowski, who talk about what the scene was like in 1976 when the band formed.
Also interviewed is Raymond Pettibon, who not only created the band’s artwork, flyers and iconic four bars logo, but even came up with their name.
Two other musicians then discuss the impact of Black Flag’s music and art on their own lives – Henry Rollins, who became the band’s singer in 1981, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who can currently been seen rehearsing with Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace supergroup.
Earlier this year we got news of two separate Black Flag reunions – co-founder Greg Ginn, drummer Gregory Moore, and vocalist Ron Reyes are currently touring North America, while Morris, Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson have joined with Stephen Egerton of Descendents and All to form FLAG.
The creator/producer of the videos is Bryan Ray Turcotte, the founder of Kill Your Idols. I don’t know much more about him, but this type of collaboration is totally preferable to if MOCA had simply produced the series themselves. So far, MOCATV has done videos for Black Flag, Crass, and Dead Kennedys.
On the first episode of “The Art of Punk” we dissect the art of the
legendary Black Flag. From the iconic four bars symbols, to the many
coveted and collected gig flyers, singles, and band t-shirts, all
depicting the distinctive Indian ink drawn image and text by artist
Raymond Pettibon. We start off in Los Angeles talking to two founding
members singer Keith Morris, and bass player Chuck Dukowski, about what
the scene was like in 1976 - setting the stage for the band’s formation,
as well as the bands name, and the creation of the iconic four bars
symbol. Raymond Pettibon talks with us from his New York art studio.
Back in LA we meet with Flea, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, about how
the art, the music, and that early LA scene impacted his own life and
career. To wrap it all up we sit and talk at length, with Henry Rollins,
at MOCA Grand Ave in Los Angeles, about all of the above and more.
directed, and Executive Produced by writer/author of ‘Fucked Up +
Photocopied’, Bryan Ray Turcotte (Kill Your Idols), and Bo Bushnell (The
Western Empire), The Art Of Punk traces the roots of the punk movement
and the artists behind the iconic logos of punk bands such as: Black
Flag (Raymond Pettibon), The Dead Kennedys (Winston Smith), and Crass
Created by writer/author of ‘Fucked Up + Photocopied’, Bryan Ray Turcotte (Kill Your Idols), and Bo Bushnell (The Western Empire), The Art Of Punk traces the roots of the punk movement and the artists behind the iconic logos of punk bands such as: Black Flag (Raymond Pettibon), The Dead Kennedys (Winston Smith), and Crass (Dave King).
In addition to profiling the artists, the series includes intimate interviews with former band members, notable artists, and celebrities who have been heavily influenced by the art of punk rock including Jello Biafra, Tim Biskup, Scott Campbell, Chuck Dukowski, Flea, Steve Olson, Penny Rimbaud, Henry Rollins, Owen Thornton, and Gee Vaucher.
The filmmakers Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell take a unique approach to exploring the rich histories of these three seminal punk legends by focusing on the influential imagery and seeking out stories that have not been told yet through the artwork, which is integral to the importance and influence of each band.
On June 11, 2013, The Art Of Punk debuts on MOCAtv with an episode on Raymond Pettibon and the artwork of Black Flag. The stories behind the art of the Dead Kennedys will debut on June 18, and June 25 will see the release of the Crass episode, all of which will be available at: www.youtube.com/MOCAtv
Time for #FridayReads! Here’s what we’re working on:
Karen Grigsby Bates:
I just received an ARC of the newest Robert Crais , The Promise, which will be out in November. It’s always a good day when a Crais lands on
my desk. This one reunites LAPD K-9
officer Scott James and his dog Maggie—bot Iraq vets—and brings in his iconic
private eye duo Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner Joe Pike. Three tough guys and a really gutsy female,
who happens to have fur and a cold nose?
What’s not to love? So yeah, that’s what I’ll be reading this weekend.
Nina Gregory: I’m reading
Bryan Ray Turcotte’s It All Dies Anyway:
LA, Jabberjaw, and the End of an Era. This is a book I wish we could have
covered – it documents the influential coffeehouse-turned-music-venue, an
all-ages club that was $5 and located on Pico and Arlington, a sketchy strip of
riot-era LA. Bikini Kill, Beck, Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Royal Trux, Jawbreaker…
indie rock and punk bands of all shapes and sizes played there. It was
incredible for me to have been part of that moment in LA’s music history and
this wonderful book is like a yearbook that brings back a fantastic
Rose: I’m reading
Anthony Marra’s new book of short stories. It’s called The Tsar of Love and Techno. I’m not usually that into short
stories, but I loved his novel SO MUCH, I’ll read anything he writes.
Malika:Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight
Nights by Salman Rushdie – I’ll be seeing him read at Sixth & I next