The anti-barbarian intellectual will be an artist…for only the poet, the painter and the musician know how to name evil and fish for its bloody pearls” ~ Bernard Levy, Barbarism with a Human Face.

I have had the privilege of working with some amazing individuals in my time. Believe it or not real rebels. I have chosen three individuals to light a candle for the Day of The Dead.

The first candle to be lit is for my mom.  She was a creative individual that did not fit the normal mother mold. She was an excellent cook. She was highly creative with her hands.  She nurtured her children’s wild and creative side. Her skill as a mother is what made her a good mother.

The second candle to be lit is for Darby Crash. He represents the real wild side of individuation. He is the building block for so many in the underground music scene today.

The last candle to be lit will be for Shane Williams, also known as the Rock & Roll bank robber. His expertise was as a music critic. Shane was a talented writer; He had the big ear for Rock & Roll.

The letter included in this post was originally published in Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine number 36, known as the Vandals issue (cover picture by Ed Colver). This is the first letter Flipside received from Shane. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that lasted for over thirty years.

RIP Shane Williams

Celebrating a Flipside reunion a few years back. Photo by Bob Cantu
Picture taken by Bob Cantu