Sounds of Two Eyes Opening – Skate/Beach/Punk 1969-1982

Spot landed in Hermosa Beach in the mid-1970s. Hermosa proved to be a crossroads abounding with oddball roller skaters who were mostly overshadowed by Venice disco rollers and the Dogtown-inspired leaps into professional. Then, in the late 70s, a cultural shift hit, fuelled largely by music. Spot became the in-house producer and engineer at SST Records. Between 1979 and 1985, he recorded, mixed, produced or co-produced most of SST’s pivotal acts, working on all of Black Flag’s greatest releases, and on classic albums by various other bands. Throughout this period, Spot remained a master photographer who documented various Los Angeles subcultures in intelligently composed black-and-white photographs. There was no distinction between the musical and the visual. He heard what he saw; saw what he heard. Spanning the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening offers an amazing portrait of Southern California beach life, set against the dark clubs and rehearsal spaces of the burgeoning punk scene.

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