Ride the Wild Wheels
All October, Pacific Coast Gallery is exhibiting the work of famed SST producer and photographer SPOT, in an exhibition called Ride the Wild Wheels. SPOT is well known for producing many of the early releases from Black Flag, the Minutemen, Misfits, Descendents, Meat Puppets and Husker Du (among many other bands from that era) and he was also a prolific photographer and sharp-eyed chronicler of life in LA and Hermosa during the 70s and early 80s. Many of his images were featured in his acclaimed photo book Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, released in 2014.
Ride the Wild Wheels features beach, roller skate, skateboard, surf and punk rock photos from Hermosa Beach and the South Bay. This is the first time SPOT has ever offered these images as fine art prints, and they have been printed by the same master printer, and to the same standards, as the other fine art landscape photos at Pacific Coast Gallery. We have also released some of SPOT’s never before seen images of Black Flag from their Nervous Breakdown recording session, as this record nears its 40th anniversary. Original, limited edition prints can be ordered online here.
Ride the Wild Wheels opened September 29 with live music performances at Pacific Coast Gallery by SPOT and by Mike Watt & the Missingmen. It runs all October and wraps-up November 3rd with a closing reception at 7pm, featuring a panel and Q&A with SPOT, Joe Carducci (SST Records co-owner), Gloria Cadena (booker at The Lighthouse, Dez’s mom) and Randy Nauert from the seminal surf rock band The Challengers, who played in the early 60s at the Biltmore Hotel in Hermosa Beach with the Beach Boys.