California Deathrock is the culmination of years exploring a homegrown community that’s not quite goth. After the punk explosion, deathrock took shape in Los Angeles with bands such as Christian Death and 45 Grave, which gravitated toward darker sounds and themes. Decades later, the scene continues to thrive as clubs like Release the Bats in Long Beach champion wave after wave of new bands that relish that old-school sound. The portraits in this Kickstarter-funded tome capture more than spiked hair and elaborate makeup. They show the joy in a scene that’s often associated with doom. At this launch party, the photographers will be on hand to talk about the book and sign copies.
Amelia G and Forrest Black have made a career of covering subcultures, and their book