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7/20/16

A gallery show synced to the publication of Slash: A Punk Magazine from Los Angeles, 1977–80 (Hat & Beard, 528 pages, $60) opens Friday night at 4859 Fountain Ave. in East Hollyweird with an invitation-only shindig and ritual slam dance.

The exhibition of photos and art from the tabloid zine, co-founded and published by Steve Samiof, which existed between 1977-80, runs through 8/18. Ripped T-shirts and safety pins are encouraged.

Among the featured pieces are the iconic punk photographs of Melanie Nissen, Slash’s co-founding publisher and photo editor, who subsequently went over to the other side, working at A&M and heading the art departments of Virgin, Atlantic and Warner Bros.  

Along with Nissen’s photos and reproductions of each of the 29 covers, the book contains the book will contain Gary Panter’s comic strip Jimbo and period writing from Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Chris D., Pleasant Gehman and Claude “Kickboy Face” Bessy, as well as new essays, reportage and oral histories from Exene Cervenka, KK Barrett, Panter, Vivien Goldman, Richard Meltzer, Cali Thornhill DeWitt, Chris D., Bryan Ray Turcotte, Chris Morris, Ann Summa and Allan MacDowell, among others. Slash: A Punk Magazine from Los Angeles, 1977–80 was edited by J.C. Gabel and Brian Roettinger, the latter of whom designed the book.