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Don Bolles: LA Punk History

60 minsFirst aired 18 Oct 2017Next Fireside Chat Today at 9:00pm EDT
Courtesy of Don Bolles

Surveying LA’s punk landscape from the late ’70s to the present with the legendary drummer of the Germs and 45 Grave.

When Jimmy Michael Giorsetti took the stage name of fellow Arizonian Don Bolles — an investigative journalist who was killed in a car bomb in 1976, while investigating the Mafia – he took on a persona that was suitably antagonistic for the punk scene he was to become embedded in. Most famously he played in the Germs, the short-lived but highly influential Los Angeles punk rock group, whose ’79 debut (and only) album, GI, was produced by Joan Jett. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Bolles played drums for other noisy, rule-bending bands in LA, such as Nervous Gender, 45 Grave and Celebrity Skin. His career as a drummer has run concurrently with his career as a DJ, vocalists, radio host and event programmer — and he’s as busy as ever. As well as co-authoring a book about his life, 2002’s Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs, Bolles currently sings and plays guitar in bubblegum-meets-psych rock band Fancy Space People, and sings co-lead vocals with indie-pop prankster Ariel Pink.


Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Written, produced and engineered by Frank Westerkamp

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