For as much old-school, OC punk culture as like to dig up here at the Weekly, we always get a little giddy whenever we can sit back and watch a snap shot of the good 'ol days thanks to an earnest documentary filmmaker.
Americana and pop culture retailer Moonlight Graham revisits the storied days of Orange County's infamous early punk rock scene with release of the new music documentary, Clockwork Orange County, which traces the evolution of the area's early punk scene and notably the Cuckoo's Nest, a venerable club in Costa Mesa, CA, in the late '70s and early '80s.
On Saturday, September 22, the retailer will welcome several special guests to its shop in Orange, including Jerry Roach (owner of the Cuckoo's Nest), Director Jonathan W.C. Mills, along with members of the punk scene including Jack Grisham (TSOL), Rikk Agnew (Adolescents), Gordon Cox (The Detours), Jeff Beans (Adolescents, The Detours.)
Clockwork Orange County gives a firsthand, untold account of the rise of Southern California punk rock scene. The film features the aforementioned Roach and punk rockers including: Rick Agnew, Tony Alva, Duane Peters, Steve Soto, Jello Biafra, Tony Cadena, Henry Rollins, Jack Grisham, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris and Joe Escalante. There are rare live clips of artists including Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Dead Kennedys, TSOL, The Adolescents, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and many more. The Nest closed after disputes with neighbors and city officials who couldn't stand the punk culture and though no one realized it at the time, they ended up influencing people from all over the world.
The event is free.
UPDATE: The event has been moved to Saturday, October 6 at 4 p.m.
Daniel Kohn is a writer based in Southern California. With bylines in an assortment of outlets, Kohn primarily specializes in music with other interests ranging from sports to food. As a transplant, Kohn loves the beautiful weather and is glad he no longer has to deal with brutal winters. If you see him, say hi and of course, he’s always willing to down a beer or two…if you’re paying.