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June 22, 2007 | Fred Schruers, Special to The Times
The fast, furious and enigmatic career of late-'70s punk rocker Darby Crash, who died of a heroin overdose Dec. 7, 1980, at the age of 22, remains a half-buried L.A. legend. His demise was overshadowed by another rock death the next day -- the shooting of John Lennon 3,000 miles east. As explored by debuting director Rodger Grossman in "What We Do Is Secret" -- screening at 10 p.m.
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June 22, 2007 | Fred Schruers, Special to The Times
The fast, furious and enigmatic career of late-'70s punk rocker Darby Crash, who died of a heroin overdose Dec. 7, 1980, at the age of 22, remains a half-buried L.A. legend. His demise was overshadowed by another rock death the next day -- the shooting of John Lennon 3,000 miles east. As explored by debuting director Rodger Grossman in "What We Do Is Secret" -- screening at 10 p.m.
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July 21, 1996
It's good to hear that Penelope Spheeris wants to make another "Decline of Western Civilization" music documentary (Pop Eye, July 7). Darby Crash, who is immortalized in the first, still makes a lot of people allegedly on the cutting edge look awfully sorry, if you ask me. Darby lives, the Germs never die. ALEX MORGAN Los Angeles
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June 24, 2004 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
They were just a bunch of photographic negatives in a ragged old box. Jill Ash never really thought about them too much; she merely lugged the box from house to house for 25 years, until her friend Chris Rohloff noticed it and asked if he could perhaps make prints from a few of them.
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June 24, 2004 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
They were just a bunch of photographic negatives in a ragged old box. Jill Ash never really thought about them too much; she merely lugged the box from house to house for 25 years, until her friend Chris Rohloff noticed it and asked if he could perhaps make prints from a few of them.
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August 8, 1993 | JONATHAN GOLD
THE GERMS "M.I.A." Slash * * * * The Germs were to the Los Angeles punk scene what Brian Jones was to the Stones or Syd Barrett to Pink Floyd: the primal creative force that was both too flatulent to live with and too vital to have thrived at first without.
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December 3, 2000 | ALLISON ADATO
Twenty years ago this week, Darby Crash, lead singer of the Germs, killed himself in a premeditated, drug-facilitated suicide that many believed was meant to ensure his own legend at age 22. Had it been a different week, the media might have run with a myth-making "American Sid Vicious" story. As a punk PR event, however, Darby's exit was poorly timed. About 24 hours later, a disturbed young man murdered John Lennon.
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January 26, 1997
A mention in Calendar, no matter how passing, certainly elicits a lot of response (Film Clips, by Denise Hamilton, Jan. 12). For the record, while I did work with Rodger Grossman in making the introductions to most of the key people, organizing the research, creating the story line and in the co-writing of a screenplay, I am in no way associated with Grossman's Darby Crash project, nor do I endorse it. BRENDAN MULLEN Former proprietor of...
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August 21, 2008
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July 8, 2010
Ariel Pink seems quintessentially L.A. He's lived virtually his entire life in Los Angeles and can't imagine living anywhere else. He's written songs with titles such as "Beverly Kills" and "Life in L.A.," and echoes of the city's musical past, including the Byrds, Love, Fleetwood Mac and the Germs' Darby Crash, reverberate across his albums. All this comes through in his band Haunted Graffiti's combination of the swagger and epic drama of classic radio rock with the passive-aggressive vulnerability and petulance of bands like the Cure (Pink's favorite as a goth-loving teenager)
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December 3, 2000 | ALLISON ADATO
Twenty years ago this week, Darby Crash, lead singer of the Germs, killed himself in a premeditated, drug-facilitated suicide that many believed was meant to ensure his own legend at age 22. Had it been a different week, the media might have run with a myth-making "American Sid Vicious" story. As a punk PR event, however, Darby's exit was poorly timed. About 24 hours later, a disturbed young man murdered John Lennon.
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January 12, 1997 | Denise Hamilton, Denise Hamilton is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles
Long before Kurt Cobain, there was Darby Crash. Young, creative and doomed, Crash was a punk rocker whose band, the Germs, helped define the L.A. punk scene in the 1970s. Despite brief, euphoric fame, Crash--whose lyrics depicted the alienation of his generation--grew disillusioned with life, turned to heroin and died of an overdose that was possibly suicide at age 22 in 1980, on the same day John Lennon was murdered.
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July 21, 1996
It's good to hear that Penelope Spheeris wants to make another "Decline of Western Civilization" music documentary (Pop Eye, July 7). Darby Crash, who is immortalized in the first, still makes a lot of people allegedly on the cutting edge look awfully sorry, if you ask me. Darby lives, the Germs never die. ALEX MORGAN Los Angeles
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