The history of punk gangs in L.A. is still a secret history—something that persists in the credits of obscure 7”s, in the archives of Flipside or the Whittier Daily News or in the memories of the probation officers and the punk rockers who were there. But most of the L.A. punk bibliography agrees that at some point, the art-freak-weirdo scene of the 70s metastatized into hardcore punk, which brought with it hardcore violence that left victims brain-damaged, paralyzed or dead—and which eventually, as this book and others put it, “ruined the scene.” The new book Disco’s Out … Murder’s In! is the first-person account of a self-described “ultra-violent punk rock gangster” who helped ruin the scene: Frank the Shank, eventual underboss of the infamous-even-now La Mirada Punks, known city-wide as LMP. This interview by Chris Ziegler.
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