I received word this morning that Brendan Mullen, the soft-spoken Scotsman and the founder of the underground LA club, The Masque, has passed away. The Masque, which existed from roughly 1977-1979, debuted several notable bands including X, the Go-Go's, the Dickies, the Skulls, Controllers, the Bags, Eyes, the Deadbeats and many more. Other acts that were regulars at the basement venue were The Germs, The Weirdos, The Screamers, Dils, Zeros, and the Alleycats. (Above portrait courtesy of Swindle Magazine/Adam Wallacavage.)
Thankfully, Brendan's story has been recorded and preserved within the pages of Live at The Masque, Nightmare in Punk Alley, released in 2007 by Ginko Press and R77. In 2007, I had the good fortune to team up with Brendan on the design of the above screenprint, which used an assemblage of his original, hand-drawn flyers that advertised upcoming gigs. It was a real honor to work with him and I am grateful to have had such an opportunity.
Rest well, Brendan. Read the LA Times obituary here.