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A Q&A with American Myths Violated & Realities Revealed Photographer, SPOT, at Cornelius Projects in San Pedro

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by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
originally published: April, 2018
trip into the treasure-trove type archive

A "way-post" punk rock cultural/ethnic conversation (aka the token Q&A) with...

SPOT (token mutt)
MUGGER (token mutt)
STEVE REED (token fIREHOSE sound man)
JOE CARDUCCI (token white guy)
STELLA STRAY POP (token strong gal)

Currently, at Cornelius Projects is American Myths Violated & Realities Revealed: Photographs by SPOT.  It runs from April 12st, 2018 to May 26th and is an unmissable trip into the treasure-trove type archive of renowned Los Angeles area photographer and big backroom figure in the 80s Long Beach punk scene, SPOT.

An accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist, SPOT is best known for being the house producer and engineer for the punk record label SST Records. He recorded and produced most of SST's pivotal acts between 1979 and 1985. He is credited on albums by such notable bands as Black Flag, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Hüsker Dü, St. Vitus, Descendents, Misfits, Big Boys and Dicks. In 2014 his book Sounds of Two Eyes Opening: Southern Cali Punk/Surf/Skate Culture 69-82, Photographs by Spot was published by Sinecure Books.

SPOT is the son of a Tuskegee Airman from Monrovia, California and a Creole and Choctaw mother from New Orleans, SPOT (born Glen Lockett in 1951) came of age in Los Angeles during the late 1960s and 1970s when America was experiencing a cultural awakening and breakdown of societal, cultural and political legacies from Civil Rights to Watergate. Crossing cultural divides and armed with a camera, SPOT navigated disparate Southern California communities including West Adams, Hollywood and the South Bay. He focused his lens primarily on non-conformists from longhaired hippies, rock musicians, and roller skaters to the early 1980s punk music scene. SPOT’s images capture and expose in black and white the energy and social climates of Southern California’s offbeat subcultures with clarity and sense of belonging.

This weekend sees SPOT in conversation with lets say, icons of the age, Mugger, Steve Reed, Joe Carducci and Stella Stray Pop at Cornelius Projects. A screening of "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening—the Director's Cut" (full version), a photo-video presentation that shows the true story of that girl-in-the-air cover photo! It'll finally be revealed!

Cornelius Projects is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 PM. A red flag flies outside their door when they are open. Appointments can also be made to view the exhibition by calling (310) 266-9216.

American Myths Violated & Realities Revealed:
Photographs by SPOT
April 21–May 26, 2018
Cornelius Projects
1417 South Pacific Avenue
San Pedro, California 90731
Hours: By appointment 310.266.9216


Photos by SPOT
Cornelius Projects Website

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