Sad to hear about the passing of Brendan Mullen yesterday, October 12, 2009. The Los Angeles Times reported in today's obits that he suffered a massive stroke and died at Ventura County Medical Center. He was just 60 years old.
Brendan founded the underground punk rock club the Masque in Hollywood in
August of 1977. The Masque was located at 1655 N. Cherokee Avenue, just south of Hollywood Boulevard. The entrance was from the alley behind the Hollywood Center Building on the SW corner of Cherokee and Hollywood.
Brendan and his underground club helped nurture the L.A. music scene that was brewing in the late 1970's. Bands that played at the Masque included; the Weirdos, the Germs, the Dils, the Dickies, Screamers and X. The GoGo's had their first performance there June of 1978.
The Masque was short lived. It was permanently shut down by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1978.
Brendan Mullen went on to promote many shows at other clubs in Los Angeles including Club Lingerie in Hollywood.
Brendan also wrote several books documenting the Los Angeles music scene of the late '70's.
I met Brendan at a book signing and presentation he did for his book, Live at the Masque, Nightmare in Punk Alley, (published in 2007). We had a nice chat. He was truly a gracious fellow and will be missed.