The Tragic, Hilarious, and Possibly Apocryphal Story of Circle Jerks Bassist Roger Rogerson in the Golden Age of LA Punk, 1979-1996 (Scene History)
Alison Braun, the legendary photographer of Southern California’s early punk rock scene, is taking a punk outlook on the state of the United States since the 2016 election. Read the interview: Huffington Post
Featuring an essay and photographs by Alison Braun and whole bunch of cool folks:
Punk Rocker is the much anticipated sequel to “L.A. Punk Rocker”: top author Brenda Perlin’s best-selling punk anthology.
Here you will find a collection of short stories from those who were there in the early days. Hard core musical anarchists
who saw it all, heard it all, did it all - and survived to tell their stories.
Famous for its revolutionary aspects in musical, political, sexual identity and consumerist ideas,
punk rock also has its lesser-known gangster ethos as well, explained here by players in the various punk gangs.
The Los Angeles, Orange County, and South Bay punk scenes, populated by blue collar kids who responded to the violence and
aggression of punk songs and shows. A number of them formed punk gangs that got into beatings, drug dealing and murder.
We Were Going to Change the World captures the stories of women who were active in the SoCal punk rock scene
during this historic time, adding an important voice to its cultural and musical record. Through exclusive interviews
with musicians, journalists, photographers, and fans, Stacy Russo has captured the essence of why these women were
drawn to punk rock, what they witnessed, and how their involvement in this empowering scene
ended up influencing the rest of their lives.
Permanent and Natural is a group show featuring hair as a form of personal expression, as cultural relic, and
as artistic medium. Permanent and Natural explores the diverse contexts in which artists have incorporated the natural,
malleable material that is deeply connected to individual and community identity.
Opening February 1, 2020, Body of Work: Tattoo Culture explores the rich history and modern artistry of tattooing
as a dynamic, ever-evolving artform whose mainstream acceptance has been driven by popular culture.
I did a short radio interview about my photography in support of my exhibition
at the Carnegie Center for Art and History https://tinyurl.com/Alisonbraunphoto
July 2021 Solo Exhibition of selected pieces, celebrating 40 years of punk and Metal photography
One of the original documentarians of Southern California Hardcore is here: Alison “Mouse” Braun!
Join Damian as he sits down with the legendary photographic contributor to MRR, Flipside,
We Got The Power and more. From why she didn’t shoot Black Flag to introducing El Duce to her dad
to why it took her years to finally get a usable shot of the Bad Brains to moving to Seattle just before
the grunge explosion and so much more!
We might find incremental changes to a given genre of music during certain decades, with very little distinction between the beginning and end of that ten-year window. And during other decades, the shifts can be dramatic. Alison Braun’s photo book, In the Pit, presents photos she made between 1981 and 1991. This timeframe represents the emergence of hardcore and then the splintering of punk into multiple subgenres, with some of these subgenres garnering a lot of mainstream attention. Alison’s personal history is fascinating, mirroring the interesting changes in punk music and culture. She discovered punk as a kid and quickly figured out how to participate through documentary photography. Alison developed a rich live action portrait style, and her work helps document the joy of live music experiences while functioning as an important record of punk’s cultural transformations. The release of In the Pit provides a timely context to learn about Alison’s life and work in Los Angeles and Seattle. –Daniel Makagon