Teenage) Lobotomy • Fanzine Art & Photos 1970’s LA Punk Scene By Pleasant Gehman & Theresa Kereakes

Belinda Carlisle and the Joneses, Backstage at the Whisky a Go Go, 1977

Belinda Carlisle and the Joneses, Backstage at the Whisky a Go Go, 1977

“Lobotomy: The Brainless Magazine” was founded in Hollywood, during spring 1978 by Pleasant Gehman. The Xeroxed fanzine became notorious in the Hollywood punk scene from it’s very first issue, when Kim Fowley threatened to sue 18-year-old Pleasant over the sarcastic comments she wrote about him.

Chief photographer Theresa Kereakes-also a teenager- took countless onstage and backstage photos of The Cramps, The Ramones, Blondie, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, and The Germs, Go-Go’s and many more and for Lobotomy. Nearly four decades later, they’ve become some of the most-recognized and iconic images of the early punk scene.

“Lobotomy” was known for it’s irreverent “Mad Magazine” sense of humor, the salacious gossip column “Dirty Dishes” which featured blow-by-blow accounts of gigs at the legendary Masque and debauched parties, as well as the candid, outrageous- and usually drunken- interviews with everyone from The Damned, The Clash, The Cramps, X, The Mumps, The Go-Go’s, director David Lynch and numerous others.

This show features prints of Theresa’s incredible photographs and Pleasant’s original “Lobotomy” paste-ups in all their carelessly typed, hand-written, Elmer’s- Glue -collage glory.

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