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There’s something just so damn right about how L.A.’s crazy pop, punk and hip-hop music worlds look in those gritty, stylish early photographs. A new exhibition from the L.A. Public Library’s Photo Friends and History & Genealogy departments shows off the jewels in history’s crown when it comes to the heady, hearty ’80s in L.A.’s club world. “From Pop to the Pit: The LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the L.A. Music Scene, 1978-1989” selects rare images from the Herald-Examiner archive and the Gary Leonard Collection, including vintage portraits of Mötley Crüe, The Go-Gos, X, Minutemen, Social Distortion, The Runaways, Red Hot Chili Peppers and all the rest of your ’zine-dream favorites.

Thu., Jan. 8, 6-8 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 8. Continues through July 28, 2015
(Expired: 07/28/15)