Ben Is Dead in Los Angeles and, with her intrepid crew of writers and musicians, single-handedly changed the face of America’s subculture. To celebrate, the Ben Is Dead 30th-anniversary party — coming on the heels of Romeo’s birthday party at Cafe NELA on Friday and the Saturday symposium “The Zine Explosion Archived!” at UCLA — brings together some of Ben Is Dead’s favorite people and musicians that it has supported and nurtured over the years. To wit: JFA, Skatenigs, Savage Republic, Popdefect, WACO, Glen Meadmore, John Trubee, Hepa-Titus, 11:11 (ex-Fluorescein), Superbean and a surprise band. It’s a weekend of adventures that will make you misty for a time when no one really knew anything, everyone had to wait for important news, and every issue of Ben Is Dead was twinkling, revelatory and cataclysmic.
Three decades ago, Darby Romeo published the zine