As this Fourth of July weekend draws to a close, I'd like to offer you a post that celebrates
our own punk independence, an interview with one of the Masque's Founding Mothers,
Marina del Rey, who along with her bandmates (Backstage Pass) literally helped build the
rehearsal studios that would become the cradle of Hollywood punk. I am grateful for Marina's
participation. She, along with her Backstage Pass mates (Genny Body and Joanna "Spock"
Dean) have helped us understand that women were there even before the first concert
happened at the Masque. These ladies were co-creators of the west coast punk movement
and one of the most vital physical spaces that supported it.
In his book, Live at the Masque, Brendan Mullen's concert list shows Backstage Pass' playing
their first Masque show in October of 1977, but these ladies were filling the basement (and
other venues) with music before most of us knew what was to come.
- Alice Bag, 7/6/14