Spaceland, Blundertown & Target Video Present
Target Video - Stand-Up & Scream - Screening & Q&A!
Q&A Moderated by V. Vale, Alice Bag (The Bags) - Panelist, K.K. Barrett (Screamers) - Panelist, Chip Kinman (the Dils) - Panelist, Henry Peck (Vinyl Fetish) - Panelist, Bruce Moreland (Wall of Voodoo, the Skulls) - Panelist, Joe Rees (Target Video) - Panelist, DJ Don Bolles (from the Germs)
Wed September 28, 2016
The Regent Theater
Los Angeles, CA
This event is all ages
Stand-Up & Scream is a 90 min. digital film produced by Joe Rees & the Targetvideo77 group featuring documented footage of selected events that shaped the influential punk rock social/policial scene from 1978-1983. The film includes raw, intense performances by Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, the Germs, the Damned, Crime, Mutants, the Bags, X, Flipper, Screamers, the Dils, Negative Trend, Sleepers, the Ramones, Offs, the Cramps, CH3, the Jim Carroll Band, Crucifix, Toxic Reasons, Middle Class, Circle Jerks, Mau Maus, Noh Mercy, Iggy Pop & more!
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Joe Rees, the filmmaker, as well as some of the people featured in the film itself and a few other punks from that era: Alice Bag (the Bags), Chip Kinman (the Dils), Henry Peck (Vinyl Fetish), and Bruce Moreland (Wall of Voodoo, the Skulls). The Q&A will be moderated by Search & Destroy/Re/Search Publishing's V. Vale!
In 1977 video artist and teacher Joe Rees had a vision well ahead of its time. As an artist, Joe saw the future of the marriage of video and music. He also saw the need for an alternative to the conservative constraints of museums and conventional art galleries. Breaking with convention, Joe founded Target Video.
Soon, like-minded artists joined with Joe to realize Target Video. Artists of all kinds were invited to perform at the 12,000 square foot art studio known by everyone as, “Target.” DIY, punk rock and performance art reigned. Target Video not only taped bands at the studio but also in clubs, at parties and on the streets of the world when music television was nonexistent. Joe Rees, Jill Hoffman, Jackie Sharp, Sam Edwards and a host of others collaborated over the years with performers as widely known as the Ramones, and as obscure as French punks, Silence Hospital. As a result of the vision and love for underground music and art a massive archive was created.
More than mere documentation, Target Video became synonymous with an editing style uncommon at the time. Using fast cuts juxtaposing images of the military jets, punk bands and crowds, Joe created the Target montage. These visual political statements set to music together with band performances, became the basis for Target shows. Joe, Jackie and Jill produced the shoots and toured Target Video around the U.S. and Europe. In France kids watched Target Videos for 8 hours straight in stores and disco ballrooms alike. In L.A., the Whiskey was crammed for Target’s debut show. In Rome, Target mesmerized outdoor crowds at the ancient Coliseum.
As part of the California underground scene, Target’s black building was a clubhouse: three floors of video, editing and recording studios; magazine publishers; graphic artists; cartoonists and punks. With its aqua and acid-green linoleum floor and punk rock jukebox Target’s studio was home to after-hours parties, performances, even a wedding reception. Everyone showed up for great music, great videos and a great time.
Shoots began when the cases of Bud were in place. The scene grew to DJ's spinning punk rock, reggae or roots, depending on the mood. On the foot-high stage performers blasted through their set. Music, performance and immediacy were always paramount. Target Video captured the scene in all its raw, unrefined clumsiness. Sometimes it's not a pretty picture.
Target Video documented an explosive era in music, art and visual presentation. Target preserved a place in music history for bands like the Screamers, the Avengers and the Dils, and captured the Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, the Cramps and more in classic early performances.
Q&A Moderated by V. Vale
In 1977 V. Vale founded as sole proprietor Search & Destroy, San Francisco’s first Punk Rock publication. It was published at City Lights Bookstore, where V. Vale worked, and was funded by $100 each from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. In 1980, V. Vale launched as sole proprietor RE/SEARCH. V. Vale is most likely the longest lasting (and still active) Punk publisher. Although Vale released books which include Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch, and many other Punk notables, RE/SEARCH is actually best known for its impact on the total world of underground culture.
In the early years RE/SEARCH gained international attention by introducing the world to artists such as William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Genesis P-Orridge, SPK, Monte Cazazza, and many others. RE/SEARCH has continued to remain vital in its lengthy history by refusing to adhere to a formula for an easily identifiable “Punk Culture.” Its best-selling books include The Industrial Culture Handbook (which inspired 10,000 “noise music” bands), Incredibly Strange Films (little-known filmmakers), Incredibly Strange Music Vol. One and Two (little-known vinyl LPs), Modern Primitives (which launched the body-piercing underground), Pranks (and its follow-up, Pranks 2), Zines Vol. One and Two, Modern Pagans, and many more.
RE/SEARCH has remained at the same address in San Francisco since 1979. The company is a sole proprietorship owned by V. Vale. Aside from being a book/magazine publisher it is also a mail-order company selling its own wares, which include underground T-shirts, books, DVDs, music, and other merchandise. RE/SEARCH TV produces a monthly cable TV program titled “The Counter Culture Hour” which is produced by Marian Wallace. RE/Search has produced specialty videos (notably, on J.G. Ballard and W.S. Burroughs) and done live presentations, panels and workshops all over the world.
“Since 1977: Non-Stop Punk Rock, Black Humor, Anti-Authority, Provocative Publishing by V. Vale. A Cultural ReMapping Project—Punk is a Lifetime Philosophical Outlook! At Same Address Since May 1979.”
“Possibly the ONLY Surviving 70s Punk Publisher who NEVER QUIT, V. Vale continues to provide ‘Against-the-Status-Quo’ Publications that Stimulate the Imagination, & Inspire Creativity and Optimistic Skepticism.”
Alice Bag (The Bags) - Panelist
Alice Bag is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, artist, educator and feminist. Alice was the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, one of the first punk bands to form during the first wave of punk rock in Los Angeles. The Bags are considered one of the key bands of the early Hollywood punk scene that centered around the Masque in 1977-78. In 1981, members of the Bags appeared as the Alice Bag Band in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization.
Alice went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl in 2011 and the 2015 self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her teaching experiences in post-revolutionary 1980's Nicaragua.
Alice's influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor. Alice’s self-titled debut solo album will be released on June 24th, 2016 on Don Giovanni Records. Alice Bag features all original material written by Bag and includes performances by some of her favorite LA-based musicians.
K.K. Barrett (Screamers) - Panelist
K.K. Barrett is an american production designer known for his owrk on feature films by Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola. He has lived in New York and Los Angeles, where he was a drummer for the Screamers. Barrett moved into production design on music videos (winning MTV awards for his work on "Tonight Tonight" by Smashing Pumpkins and "the New Pollution" by Beck) and worked on videos with Spike Jonze, leading to their first film collaboration on Being John Malkovich. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Production Design for the film Her.
Chip Kinman (the Dils) - Panelist
The Dils were among the very first of the mid-1970s punk bands to emerge from California, making an impact on both the San Francisco and Los Angeles regional scenes. Unfortunately, like many of the punk bands from that era, they didn't get to record much, their studio output limited to just three singles. In 1977, they managed to scrape together two 45s -- "I Hate the Rich" and "Class War" -- that matched the energy of anything being generated by the Ramones or the Clash, though their uncompromisingly anti-bourgeois attitude may have borne more similarities to the latter group. They continued to play constantly for the next few years -- they even opened for the Clash once. But no more records were forthcoming, until a three-song EP in 1980 that found them already starting to move beyond punk rock.
Singer and guitarist Chip Kinman, together with brother and bassist Tony Kinman, continued to work in unexpectedly diverse projects after the Dils broke up in the early 1980s. With Rank & File they went into country rock; with Blackbird, industrial and noise rock; and, in Cowboy Nation, cowboy music.
Bruce Moreland (Wall of Voodoo, the Skulls) - Panelist
Bruce Moreland was an integral part of the early Los Angeles punk scene. He DJ'ed The Masque (under the punk alias Bruce Barf) and joined the Weirdos as a replacement bassist, taking over for David Trout. Moreland is best known for his tenure in the seminal Wall of Voodoo – a band he formed with his late brother Marc Moreland (1958-2002). Like Paul B. Cutler, Marc’s playing was formidable and innovative. Over the course of our interview, Bruce was more than happy to open up about his talented brother’s guitar playing.
During the latter days of Wall of Voodoo, Bruce played in Nervous Gender (one of Richard Meltzer’s favorite bands) and The Skulls. He’s currently in Ravens Moreland.
DJ Don Bolles (from the Germs)
Don Bolles is an American drummer known for his involvement in the 1970s and 1980s punk scene in Los Angeles, California, performing with Germs, Nervous Gender, 45 Grave and Celebrity Skin. Prior to relocating to LA in February 1978, Bolles had played in several Phoenix punk bands, including Heavy Metal Frogs, Krazy Homicide, Liars and the Exterminators.
He took his stage name from Arizona journalist Don Bolles, who was killed by a car bomb in 1976 while investigating a land fraud case with connections to the Mafia.
Concurrent with his performing with Celebrity Skin, Bolles was a DJ for the short-lived radio station Mars FM. He has continued to DJ and produce events throughout L.A., as well as work with other musicians, most recently, recording and touring with Ariel Pink.
Bolles co-authored the 2002 book Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs