Madame Wong, RIP


Esther Wong, Godmother of L.A. Punk, was born in Shanghai, fled the commies for Los Angeles, and started booking punk and new wave bands in her Chinatown club as a sixty-something grandmother. She once stopped a Ramones show mid-set to make them clean the graffiti in the club's bathroom. L.A. Times obit here.

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  1. There’s just something about a 60+ year old woman taking no shit from both the audience and the artists a third her age that cracks me up / warms my heart. Stories of her tape flinging tirades are pretty damn funny, too. She would have made the perfect A&R label rep.

  2. I love punk. All those great songs it’s given us, like…and…and…

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