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city: hermosa beach

“the church” (former)

from black flag posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

This is the former location of "The Church," a Hermosa Beach hub for the West Coast's early punk rock scene. The former Baptist church was in disrepair in the late 70s when the owners began to rent it out to musicians and artists. Black Flag used it as a practice space and Ron Reyes lived in the church after he took over as Black Flag's frontman in 1979.

A steakhouse, complete with graffitied walls intended to honor the punk spirit of the former location, now occupies the spot where the church used to be.

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the lighthouse cafe

from thomas pynchon, inherent vice posted in literature by nevereatshreddedwheat

Doc visits the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach looking for Coy Harlingen near the end of Inherent Vice. The Lighthouse Cafe is a bistro that began showcasing jazz in 1949. Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley and others recorded live albums here in 50s, 60s and 70s.

Juicy James, located a block north of the pier on the Strand, was a real hot dog stand just like Pink's, although I'm not sure how many liberties Pynchon took with the sign that 'featured a giant hot dog with a face, arms and legs, cowboy hat and getup, firing a pair of six-guns and to all appearances enjoying itself.'

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