When California was free and rebellious

When punk was a movement, Spot was a leader. Born in Southern California, this acclaimed musician produced albums for some of the most seminal bands of the scene in the ’70s and ’80s. But when he wasn’t behind the board mixing sounds for the likes for The Misfits or Meat Puppets he was roller-skating holding his dear Nikon. Surfing, bikinis, roller skating and skate boarding’s victorious days are set in contrast to iconic shots of all the key denizens of hardcore punk rock as it is being invented in his amazing collection of Southern California coastal life.


The skate ramps, the beaches, the house parties, the girls and boys are bruised and tanned living the exciting times that are documented in Spot’s first book of photographs, taken between 1975 and 1981, “The Sound of Two Eyes Opening”. But this is not a punk-history book. “That story’s been told to death!” Spot says to New York Times. “There are so many people who think that punk erupted on its own, but that’s such a misnomer. The skating thing, really, that was the heart of it. I just wanted to make sure the photographs in the book felt like what I lived.”


“A lot of the girls I knew back then were girls I skated with, girls who were doing things, not just trying to look pretty” he commented on his enchanting homage to 70s “So Cal” counterculture – “a world where sun-kissed youngsters cruised the streets on roller skates and skateboards by day, before descending into darkened basements to immerse themselves in the burgeoning punk scene by night”.