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Prodigal Rogerson

The Tragic, Hilarious, and Possibly Apocryphal Story of Circle Jerks Bassist Roger Rogerson in the Golden Age of LA Punk, 1979-1996 (Scene History)


Punk Rocker, the Book

Featuring an essay and photographs by Alison Braun and a whole bunch of cool folks:

Punk Rocker is the much-anticipated sequel to “L.A. Punk Rocker”: top author Brenda Perlin’s best-selling punk anthology.

Here you will find a collection of short stories from those who were there in the early days. Hardcore musical anarchists

who saw it all, heard it all, did it all - and survived to tell their stories. 

Disco's Out...Murder's In!: The True Story of Frank the Shank and L.A.'s Deadliest Punk Rock Gang

Famous for its revolutionary aspects in musical, political, sexual identity,  and consumerist ideas,

punk rock also has its lesser-known gangster ethos as well, explained here by players in the various punk gangs.

The Los Angeles, Orange County, and South Bay punk scenes were populated by blue-collar kids who responded to the violence and

aggression of punk songs and shows. A number of them formed punk gangs that got into beatings, drug dealing, and murder.

We Were Going to Change the World

We Were Going to Change the World captures the stories of women who were active in the SoCal punk rock scene

during this historic time, adding an important voice to its cultural and musical record. Through exclusive interviews

with musicians, journalists, photographers, and fans, Stacy Russo has captured the essence of why these women were

drawn to punk rock, what they witnessed, and how their involvement in this empowering scene

ended up influencing the rest of their lives. 

Photographer Spotlight

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley region of Southern California, Alison Braun lived a short drive away

from the famed Sunset Strip, and as a massive music fan, that worked out great for her. From her teen years on,

Alison shot the best punk, hardcore, and hard rock had to offer on the Strip. Throughout the years, you've

probably seen her shots of bands like Bad Brains, Social Distortion, and Black Flag while digging around the Internet.

Carnegie  Center for Art and History

Permanent and Natural is a group show featuring hair as a form of personal expression, as a cultural relic, and

as an artistic medium. Permanent and Natural explores the diverse contexts in which artists have incorporated the natural,

malleable material that is deeply connected to individual and community identity.

Museum of Pop Culture 

Opening February 1, 2020, Body of Work: Tattoo Culture explores the rich history and modern artistry of tattooing

as a dynamic, ever-evolving art form whose mainstream acceptance has been driven by popular culture.

WFPK, Louisville Public Radio interview 

I did a short radio interview about my photography in support of my exhibition

at the Carnegie Center for Art and History

MoPop Blog: 





Wyrd War Gallery- 3505 NE Broadway St. Portland, Oregon 97232

July 2021 Solo Exhibition of selected pieces, celebrating 40 years of punk and Metal photography

Turned out a Punk, Podcast

One of the original documentarians of Southern California Hardcore is here: Alison “Mouse” Braun!

Join Damian as he sits down with the legendary photographic contributor to MRR, Flipside,

We Got The Power and more. From why she didn’t shoot Black Flag to introducing El Duce to her dad

to why it took her years to finally get a usable shot of the Bad Brains to moving to Seattle just before

the grunge explosion and so much more!

Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion

From their beginnings as teenagers experimenting in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed "The Hell Hole" to

headlining major music festivals around the world, DO WHAT YOU WANT tells the whole story of Bad Religion's

forty-year career in irreverent style. DO WHAT YOU WANT's principal storytellers are the four voices that

define Bad Religion:

IN THE PIT: behind the golden era of punk photography by Alison Braun

Alison Braun started taking photos in Los Angeles at the advent of the 80s, documenting the local punk '

and hardcore scene and having her work published in Maximumrocknroll, Flipside, and other punk zines of the time.

Many a band she saw through the lenses of her camera, from local heroes Black Flag, Descendents, Circle Jerks,

Bad Religion, Dickies, Fear, Social Distortion, Youth Brigade, Adolescents,… to international acts that

would roll through the town 

The Big Takeover - magazine interview

If a legendary punk band played a gig in Hollywood during the early ‘80s, a teenaged Alison Braun

was probably there with her camera. Starting with a Wasted Youth show in 1981, Braun snapped some

of the most iconic shots of the LA punk and hardcore scenes for legendary fanzines like Maximumrocknroll

and Flipside. Many of these images have been collected in her excellent photobook,

In The Pit: Punk Rock Photos 1981-1990 (No Plan Records).

Razorcake Magazine - issue #126

We might find incremental changes to a given genre of music during certain decades, with very little distinction between the beginning and end of that ten-year window. And during other decades, the shifts can be dramatic. Alison Braun’s photo book, In the Pit, presents photos she made between 1981 and 1991. This timeframe represents the emergence of hardcore and then the splintering of punk into multiple subgenres, with some of these subgenres garnering a lot of mainstream attention. Alison’s personal history is fascinating, mirroring the interesting changes in punk music and culture. She discovered punk as a kid and quickly figured out how to participate through documentary photography. Alison developed a rich live-action portrait style, and her work helps document the joy of live music experiences while functioning as an important record of punk’s cultural transformations. The release of In the Pit provides a timely context to learn about Alison’s life and work in Los Angeles and Seattle. –Daniel Makagon

Alison Braun
Carnegie Center for Art and Culture
Slug the Enigma
Alison Braun, Wyrd War Gallery
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