L.A. Club Icon Brendan Mullen Dies
October 13, 2009 at 10:20 AM (PT)
Renown LOS ANGELES club owner and booker BRENDAN MULLEN died following a massive stroke over the weekend, soon after celebrating his 60th birthday. Born in SCOTLAND, MULLEN moved to the U.S. as a teenager before settling in LOS ANGELES in 1974.
"He was the first promoter of punk rock in this town," GOLDENVOICE PRESENTS promoter PAUL TOLLETT told the L.A. TIMES. "Everything started with him."
MULLEN founded THE MASQUE punk rock club in hOLLYWOOD in the late '70s, located in an alley underneath an adult movie theatre. There he a launching for bands such as X, THE GO-GO's, the DICKIES and THE GERMS. He would later book several influential HOLLYWOOD Clubs, such as CLUB LINGERIE, in the '80s. There we provided a stage for bands such as LOS LOBOS, VIOLENT FEMMES, THE REPLACEMENTS and THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
Plans for a memorial service are pending. Instead of flowers, the family has requested donations to the MUSICIANS UNION or THE RECORDING ACADEMY's MUSICARES musicians' assistance program.