Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine Staph: Those who worked on Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine 1979 to 1989.

 

Original Article Published on: May 11, 2013

  We spelled the word staph for staff and often referred to them as shit workers, but now they are called zinsters or as I think fondly of them now as my comrades or friends.

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Al Flipside and I co-owned and published Flipside Fanzine from 1979 to 1989. I include here a general timeline of early staph members, shit workers on the zine. These are the major players or crew that came to the Flipside house and put their time in. We did not pay them. They got lots of free records galore and got into shows for free. Al and I took them out to lunch and took them to shows. In some cases they lived with us for a short time. The punk rock scene was very generous to those that helped promote it. I say again and again at that time we all shared in a symbiotic relationship with the bands, record labels, radio programs, public access programs, fanzines and most importantly the fans. We were the behind the scene punks.


There were many contributors to Flipside Fanzine over the years. Some more than others… I want to thank all of you because we had a lot of fun. I do not wish to exclude anyone. The characters outlined here are friends that Al and I worked very close with at that time. Thanks again to all!! ~  HUD-Hudley Flipside.

( This is from my personal perspective so anyone who desires to be added here or has something to share about their work on Flipside please contact me and I will continue to add staph people;  anyone who worked on the issues who desires to be part of my project here… thankx )

Enjoy from Flipside Video # 7


List of Staph Members:

Al Flipside

Al Flipside in San Francisco 1980s

Al Flipside in San Francisco 1980s Picture by Peter Landswick 1980

A mentor, friend and mate

We had some great times documenting the punk scene as it grew. It all went by so fast. There were so many things to do and we learned as we went. We were all kids really but Al was full of all the energy and intelligence to do it. He would not make anyone do anything. He would ask once and if you didn’t do it there was always someone else to do the work, or he would silently do it himself. He taught me how to make surf boards and we learned to run a fanzine together. We came up with a good solid format and tradition that documented the core 1980s punk rock scene locally and then internationally, which included bulk mail and major distribution of the fanzine. We had fun and met some amazing characters along the way!!

Al Flipside late 1970 …@ Weirdo fan!!


Gerber


Jill Masters

Missy, Jill and Hud 1979

Missy, Jill Masters and Hud aka Hudley 1979


Dee (RIP)  and Hilda

Al, Hud and Dee By Hilda

Al, Hud, Dee

That was then !!

While going through some pictures on a Photo Bucket account I found a picture that I thought was lost. It is of Flipside Fanzine staph writers Dee (RIP) and Hilda. These punk chicks were the heart of the scene. They loved it, loved the music, and knew all the key players. They were not rude or nasty like some of the other punk women; they were friendly and part of my female initiation into an underground music scene. If I never said thank you, I’m saying it now, thank you!!  We had a great time!!This song is for you!! Remember The Buzzcocks late 1970s in Los Angeles? I do too!!


Pooch

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Pooch, Al and Hudley at Disneyland 1980 picture by Pete Landswick


Paul Problem (RIP)


Nate Flipside

https://www.facebook.com/nate.flipside?fref=ts

the Masque at night

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This 1978 photo is of the alley behind the Masque at night. Sitting on left is X-8, Paul is in the middle and Nate Flipside on the right. The guy standing was a bass player friend of X-8. We were trying to form a band to be called the Jetters. Photo by Al Flipside. ~ Nate Flipside

https://www.facebook.com/nate.flipside


Gerald and Shelia

Hong Kong Cafe downtown China Town, Los Angeles 1979

Hong Kong Cafe downtown China Town, Los Angeles 1979


X-8

A key player in the early Los Angeles Punk Scene


Peter Landswick

Photographer Galore !!

Pete Lanswick In Hollywood 80s


ROBERT HILL

Exclusive and private staph, photographer and more…

FLipside Fanzine

Cover Photo by Robert Hill


Michele Flipside Our SPECIAL Orange

County PUNK Scene Maker galore !!

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There has been some controversy about this gal. I guess when I saw her website I was a bit taken back because it excluded a few staph members. I being one. So that was quite a few years ago. I hold no grudges now. I think she was an amazing and bright aspect to waking us all up to the attack of the early 1980s Orange County punk scene. Her scene reports splash the pages of Flipside Fanzine so the proof is in the pudding. We had some great times together hanging… she was tall, wild and in your face. What more could we ask for !!


Helen Jewel

Helen

Helen Jewel roving reporter for Flipside Fanzine

Him all wait for, him all yield up to, his word is decisive and final, him they accept, in him lave, in him perceive themselves as amid light, Him they immerse and he immerses them.

Beautiful women, the haughtiest nations, laws, the landscape, people, animals, The profound earth and its attributes and unquiet ocean, ( so tell I my morning’s romanza.) All enjoyments and properties and money, and whatever money will buy, The best farms, others toiling and planting and he unavoidably reaps, The noblest and costliest cities, others grading and building and he domiciles there…”

~ Song of the Answerer by Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass

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elen was our roving reporter for Flipside Fanzine. She has an amazing character that challenges me to this day!  She grew up in Fullerton California and later ended up living in Whittier. She came from the kind of family that sat around the dinner table and talked.  Her mother and father expected the children to give a speech about their day. Helen’s father might ask her sternly,

“What did you learn today?”

Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac inspired her life as a teenager.  Helen was a few years older than the average punk during the 1980s punk scene.  When she asked us to include this interview with Allen Ginsberg we teased her.  It is a good thing she persisted.  Helen weaved together important elements in her short interview with Allen Ginsberg with what was happening at that time in punk rock history. It is an excellent read.

One can study the history and literary accomplishments of Whitman, Ginsberg and Kerouac but it is the link, the alignment, the spiritual rebellious thread that pulls me always!

 Thank you Helen !!

“Tell your friends everything. Give away your secrets.  “Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.” “

Allen Ginsberg

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Flipside Fanzine 36 Allen Ginsberg

“Punk shows suffering, so it acknowledges the real”

“A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Allen Ginsberg

http://www.allenginsberg.org/index.php?page=chronological-addenda

Jack Kerouac

http://www.answers.com/topic/jack-kerouac

Walt Whitman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Whitman


Paul Hessing & Kori

Kori and Paul 001

Kori and Paul camping

Kori, Hud and Paul Driving 001

Kori, Hud and Paul Driving early 80s

Paul, Kori, Mike Ness from Social Distorition and his girlfrind, 1980

Paul, Kori, Mike Ness from Social Distortion, and his girl at the time, at the first Flipside House 1980.


Dave Damage

The Case of David Blevins aka Dave Damage

Dave and Pete photo by HudleyDave Damage &  Pete Landswick and a couple of gals…1980s..Ironic ya think?

He had the bluest eyes of a borderline serial killer,
He could memorize lyrics live,
Reciting them back after the show,
He also told me,
“Did you ever notice that you could carry a woman with your fingers like a six-pack of beer?”

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David wrote reviews for Flipside Fanzine in the early 80s,
He followed Helen Jewel to us,
We had fun…
Beers, jokes and solving puzzles from beer caps.
He then called us and came by excessively,
Becoming critical and argumentative,
While insulting our friends.
Once he called at 8 pm,
I pulled the phone plug,
We got back at 2 am,
I put the phone plug back in,
He was still calling us,
ring ring, ring ring….
Then there was the dog we buried near the Whittier dam on the Rio Honda River,
Helen, Al and me…
Dave hung the white long hair mutt on our front porch,
A poor dog he just got from the animal shelter.
A few years raced by…
we never saw him.
The only person to see him was a friend Mr Joe Hudson,
He saw him down town at a horror film festival…

Dave Damage 001

One day our friends Paul and Kori
Found an article in their local paper
Dave was a serial killer…
Caught in a love triangle,
He killed two women,
With a gun,
And rolled their bodies in two separate carpets,
And left them at the Beach,
He is serving two life sentences…


Gus Hudson


Wendy McConnell


Big Frank


Shane Williams (RIP)


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Joy Aoki

Joy having fun.

She was known to dance with us round the wild circle in our living room at Halloween parties, and we did the same at her Otis College dorm.

I think it was 1985 when I first met Joy. She was at a rather small punk gathering. She had a camera and very long hair. Hanging at the punk scene is always a great way to meet other punkers. We talked and grew to enjoy her company.  I remember the gifts she gave me. One was a blue masque she made in art class with blue feathers. Very Maude Gra !

“I made this for you Hud!
“Oh, OK!?”

I really did not know what to do with it. I was embarrassed. I took it and kept it for many years. Another gift she gave me a few years later, that I still have, is an image of a flying Ostrich with an Asian/ Indian woman riding it. It is a large art piece that I have framed. It now hangs in my bedroom. I enjoy it immensely. It is an encaustic painting on a silk material. I guess these gifts  were her way of wooing our friendship into existence. It seemed to work. Joy worked her way into the Flipside house and became a punk woman of integrity. Her art, shit work and journeys with us to gigs  amplified the Flipside crew experience and we all enjoyed her presence.

We met her while she was attending High-School, and then she went onto Otis College of Art and Design of Los Angeles, and then to the prestigious Art Center College of Design of Pasadena. Yes, she grew up right in front of us developing skills I can’t even imagine.

I did not ask her about her family but she told us stories. She volunteered her time with us so I figured as long as she attended college her expenses were all paid for. She was not the struggling artist and she was not guilty or shy. One  story she shared with us is about the relationship between her parents and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Her parents received yearly health-screenings because they moved to California after the war. My dad is a purple-heart veteran that served in WWII. He bombed Japan. Forty years of time  and once known enemies are now friends.  Amazing!!

It was not easy making it into the ranks of the Flipside house. We had our tests. Joy passed them all and I am proud to call her my friend.


Gorgonized Katz


Joe Henderson

Party Flipside House !

Joe and Ink Disease Fanzine in Washington DC mid 80'sJoe and Ink Disease Fanzine with HUDley tagging along in Washington DC mid ’80s

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Steve Alper from Ink Disease Fanzine getting tied-up with tape for being bad in the Flipside Office… (Rosey the cat and a barefoot Joy and the guy with the colorful shirt I don’t remember his name but he collected sea-horses)


Ink Disease Fanzine

https://www.facebook.com/inkdiseasefanzine


Photo by Ann

Photo courtesy of Patrick DiPuccio photo by Ann DiPuccio

Flipside on the wall

Here is a photo of Flipside’s very own Patrick DiPuccio a/k/a Pooch at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s library in Cleveland standing in front of a mural containing a 1982 edition of Flipside Fanzine featuring the Minutemen on the cover! (Pooch was involved with Flipside for over twenty years — Longer than just about anyone else with the exception of Al Flipside. (Quote Taken From Flipside Memorial Page on Facebook)

 Pooch : Cool! Ann took a good photo, and I was so jazzed to see FS represented at their library and archive facility. It’s on the campus of a community college in Cleveland. I really would like to see a fanzine exhibit at the Hall of Fame. Oh, well, first things first.


Guide to the Flipside Collection:

HTTP://CATALOG.ROCKHALL.COM/CATALOG/ARC-0451#CUSTODHIST

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  • The Flip Side Collection consists of ephemera related to Los Angeles’ Flip Side fanzine, including 20 stickers with seven different designs, business cards, a distribution letter and flyer, a Fanzine Nation letter, photocopy of an article by Jeff O’Neill in the Rio Hondo College publication El Paisano entitled “Punk Rock: The Sick Shall Inherit the Earth” from February 24, 1978, and the Summer 2012 issue (#45) of Colorado’s Dagger fanzine that contains an interview with Flip Side staffers Patrick DiPuccio and Holly Hudson [Holly Kowalewski, Holly Cornell ]. Also included in the collection is a document created by donor DiPuccio describing the items in the collection at length. The Flip Side Collection provides a business context to the fanzine. Seen in a broader context, the collection highlights the do-it-yourself aesthetic of 1970s punk fanzines and illustrates their evolution into the new millennium.

    Curiosity of Pat DiPuccio

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Flipside Thirty Years

http://www.angelfire.com/ca/X8/Flipside.html

(Developing Article.)


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5 responses to “Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine Staph: Those who worked on Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine 1979 to 1989.

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  4. I am thrilled when others contribute and share their stories! It it not only helps me to remember but makes me more appreciative of all the individuals that helped support a once new and fast growing punk scene!

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