Punk Rock Historian, Colleague and Profession Consultant
Iconoclast Gary Tovar
Pounding my skull with more bands from the past, the nostalgia Of PUNK ROCK… I wonder if it will go on forever… maybe so. Gary has a history that is to be respected. He is an iconoclast!!
While looking through an old issue of Flipside Fanzine number 42 with Agent Orange on the cover, I found an interview with Gary Tovar. It is from back in the day when punk rock was tight, unknown, growing and fun as hell. I never had as much fun as backstage at a GOLDENVOICE show. I was an innocent babe too. Rolling away from the punches of big man Henry Rollins or meeting fans with their new fanzines who had better ideas than Henry ever had!!
Gary and I have had our confrontations, but he always knew that I loved the bands just like he did. He really loves music to this day.
I think some of us old punks tend to forget how symbiotic the scene was then. We all worked collectively and supported and grew a scene together. We should try to be happy with the imperfections of the past and remember our unified experience shared at a unique time in musical history. It was fun being young, wild, and out of control. Yes, some of us documented it. We were not as dumb as you may think!!
I will never forget the Todd Harry Rundgren show… we all danced and sang each song together… punks, skins and new wavers!