Brendan Mullen, Who Gave LA Punk a Stage, Dead at 60

His club, Masque, hosted some of scene's top acts
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2009 10:26 PM CDT
Brendan Mullen, left, founder of the Hollywood club Masque.   (Kip Brown)
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(Newser) – Brendan Mullen, owner of a club that helped launch Los Angeles’ punk-rock scene, died today of a stroke at age 60. Mullen also authored books on the musical movement, Variety notes, including We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk. The native Scotsman opened the Masque in 1977; it hosted the likes of X, the Germs, the Go-Go’s and the Alleycats.

"You may not know his name, or his face, or the sound of his voice," Jeff Penalty noted for Swindle, "but Brendan Mullen’s status as an icon was cemented long ago by one simple thing: his ability to be 'in the wrong place at the right time. Or is it the other way around?'"