At the height of the Los Angeles punk rock movement photographer Vincent Ramirez has captured the musical transformation and cultualization of a city and its people that forever changed the face of the music industry. The city of Los Angeles with its Hollywood movie stars, sunny beaches, Disneyland and serial killers laid the background for punk music with its late night clubs in questionable neighborhoods and L.A.P.D. violence. What emerged was a thriving underground punk rock music scene and the DIY ethic. These 50 unpublished photos tell of the author's eyewitness account as a fan of the music, and the transformation and cultural impact of Los Angeles.
Photography career began in 1980 photographing the Los Angeles punk rock movement. Last year I decided to put these images into book form. After many days and hour of selecting and editing, it is now complete. Individual prints and rights managed usage of images are available through my website.