“Open your eyes. Open your eyes.
You watch tv to find out what’s right and wrong.
Open your eyes to what you respected.
Open your eyes and you can reject it.”
There is a rather new Facebook page called Original Women Of Punk. It is fun to be involved with as well as look back at the stories and histories of original punk women. Yet there are times when I see women posting things that are not accurate. I don’t want to cause a fuss, so I just let it be. Once in awhile on a off mood I challenge an individual with the truth. I realize it may not be taken the right way. I feel it is necessary.
I did document the original punk rock scene as a woman punk journalist via Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine. I loved the punk scene. I lived the life.
I don’t think I am better than anyone else that did not document the punk rock scene. Also, I do not think that the film Decline of Western Civilization is a true documentary source of the punk rock scene. It does have the correct bands from that place and time in punk rock history. Regardless, it is an interpretation or embellished film artwork imitating life. As a documentarian of the punk scene I did not imitate the punk scene. I was part of it and documented it as I experienced it. The complete punk rock culture. There were no actors playing characters in a film.
That is why I am selling the 10-year anniversary issue to share the punk scene of many punk rock voices with the global community. I am preserving the scene that I loved so dearly.
I don’t think I am better than another for what I have achieved but I will not ignore what I have done
I am not putting down another if I disagree with a post on the Original Women Of Punk page. It is just my experienced opinion.
I have worked with many staff people, bands, promoters and fans involved intimately in the punk rock scene. When I found Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine it was on its last foot. It had not been published in about five mouths. Al Flipside and I got it back on its feet and went from there (1978 -1979). We documented the scene via a fanzine, Flipside Videos and records for 10 years. The original punk rock scene.
I am proud of my part in this process and I will not let anyone belittle me for sharing my truth.
Like I always say,
THERE ARE MANY STORIES FROM THE BIG PUNK ROCK, Mine is just one of them.