Black Flag live at Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach

7 Jul

First published in The Easy Reader newspaper ca. 1979, proving without a doubt that the suburbs weren’t anything close to the idyllic havens our parents always professed them to be. And truly, this was the beginning of everything that would come to blow my everlovin’ mind as an adolescent and teenager. A great South Bay elder punker named Steve Vargas (he’s the one wearing shades up front on the right) showed me this photo back in the 80’s when I was 15, pointing out Ron Reyes and Dez Cadena wrestling on the ground, maintaining that BLACK FLAG was always at their best with Keith singing. I still believe him to this day.


11 Responses to “Black Flag live at Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach”

  1. d. July 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    cool. wish there were some band shots

  2. mrowster July 8, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    There’s a few early Keith-era band photos tucked away in the pages of Joe Carducci’s Enter Naomi book on Redoubt Press, available from Night Heron Books at

  3. mark July 9, 2009 at 1:18 am #

    I just finished the first screen play in Wyoming Stories, “Yeung Girl”. It’s very good. I could see a great movie come out of it. Life Against Dementia is out soon! Can’t wait.

  4. mrowster July 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Mark: I’ve been wondering if Wyoming Stories would be worth reading – now I’m sold.

  5. mark July 9, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    I’d say take the chance. Carducci’s usual deep, quiet insights are all there, along with a really good story, featuring conflicted characters, “real life”, etc., etc. I started “Winter Hand” last night, and couldn’t wait to pick it up this morning at breakfast. If I win the lottery, I’m gonna produce “Yeung Girl”. If any of Joe’s thoughts re: pre-blockbuster Hollywood in Enter Naomi resonated strongly with you, you can take these scripts from there and just run with ’em.

  6. d. July 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    i’ve got enter naomi. i’m curious to know if there are any differences (even minute – pics etc.) in the 3rd edition of Pop Narcotic on redoubt and the 2nd on 2 13 61. they are both available at night heron. anyone?

  7. mrowster July 10, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    d.: I’ve heard the only difference is the cover (and maybe a very brief extra intro?) but as I’ve not actually seen the new Redoubt version, I can’t be sure.

  8. d. July 14, 2009 at 3:45 am #


    thanks anyway

  9. Dave Lang July 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Love that photo. A piece of history in B & W. Jeffrey Lee Pierce apparently wrote a review of the show for Slash mag. Anyone got a copy?

  10. mark July 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    Just saw/listened to Panic demos, from 1978 on youtube! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. danny g August 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    keith morris says on Facebook that that’s ron reyes and dez cadena wrestling

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