Documentary Film on BYO records/Youth Brigade and Rich Cunningham Benefit Oct. 28 at the Mink in downtown Houston!

August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm (Uncategorized)


LEFT OF THE DIAL is proud to present the new documentary on the iconic LA punk label BYO Records and will be offering archive copies of LOTD Issue #7, featuring a lengthy Shawn Stern article, at the showing. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the widow of Rich Cunningham of Happy Days Records, who died due to cancer. A record and book sale will also take place before/after the show to raise funds as well.


Oct. 28th, Backroom at the Mink, doors at 7 pm, screening begins at 8 pm, $5.00.

3718 Main St, Houston – (713) 522-9985


By the time the second wave of Los Angeles punk rock began to crest in the early 1980’s, most historians had already closed the book. But things were just starting to get interesting. The music was becoming increasingly harder and faster. Politics became integral to the scene. Police-on-punk violence and massive riots were de rigueur meanwhile, the concept of “D.I.Y.” transformed from a necessity to a battle cry. It was at this time that the Better Youth Organization was born.


Founded by Canadian brothers, Shawn and Mark Stern of the influential L.A. punk band Youth Brigade, the BYO was part political movement and part business venture. Through the BYO, Mark, Shawn and their buddies, teenagers at that time, found a way to organize punks to take positive actions to help sustain their scene and way of life. The ideals upon which the BYO was founded helped countless bands put on shows, put out records, and get their music out to the world. It allowed for the makaing of the landmark punk documentary “Another State of Mind.” It also spawned BYO Records, which remains one of the oldest surviving independent punk rock labels in the world. BYO, Youth Brigade, and the Stern Family are three intertwined entities that comprise an all too often overlooked chapter in the history of punk. This movie is that chapter. Interviews with Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat, founder of Dischord Records), Fat Mike (NOFX, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, founder of Fat Wreck Chords), Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Gary Tovar (found of Goldenvoice Promotions), Brendan Mullen (founder of The Masque Club, author of “Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs “, members of The Bouncing Souls, Swingin’ Utters, 7 Seconds, and many others involved in the So Cal Punk Scene.


For more information on this, other, and future events and showings:

During the same session a short film, “Chronicles from the Zero Hour: The Punk Legacy,” will be screened, which is an all-original film co-produced and fully shot by David Ensminger that highlights interviews with members of MDC, Chumbawamba, Strike Anywhere, Lifetime/Paint it Black, The Epoxies, Dag Nasty/Alloy, and contains live footage of TSOL and the Circle Jerks.


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