This week Alan and Stephanie — joined by Steph’s husband Bob Perry — chat with Theresa Kereakes, one of the 150 or so core members of the original LA punk rock scene. Theresa began taking photos at a very young age, and by extension, she chronicled the early LA punk scene with her camera. Her famous photos were used on many of the punk albums from that era and have been shown all over the country in an exhibit called Unguarded Moments: Backstage and Beyond. They also appear in three coffee table books: Punk 365, The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists, and a history of the Bomp! label and magazine.
Join us as Theresa brings us back to those early days of the scene with some wildly entertaining stories and insider details that you’ve never heard before. She tells stories about her encounters with Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Blondie, The Bangles (when they were still called The Bangs), The Go-Go’s, X, The Ramones, The Damned, and many others.
Find her incredible photos on her Instagram account @punkturns30
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