This is the late 70s and early 80s as we wish we could have experienced. Photographer Ann Summa has recently released her personal collection of photos from that time, capturing snapshots of the world's punk heavyweights as they literally cut and broke their teeth on LA's burgeoning music scene.
You can see Joe Strummer writhing about on the stage's wooden floorboards at The Roxy, surrounded by broken bottles and upturned amps. A photograph of Plasmatic's Wendy O. Williams captures her flinging herself about the smoke, albeit without her infamous chainsaw and shaving cream.
Del Bozzio, from early 80s band Missing Persons, preceded Lady Gaga as the purveyor of crazy costumes. She often performed wearing little more than metallic plates and duct tape. Then there's Su Tissue who fronted The Suburban Lawns, most acclaimed for their 1979 album Gidget Goes To Hell.
Her vocal style is often attributed to merge Yoko Ono with Daffy Duck.
Johanna Went and Bow Wow Wow are both seen scantily clad on and offstage at the Whiskey A Go Go, while Dinah Cancer is seen taking a casual stroll through Hollywood Cemetery, garbed in her best black chiffon. Television's Tom Verlain is typical somber and sunken eyed, and Exene Cervenka is doing her best MySpace pose in the boy's bathrooms.
For the full 60 photographs, more at annsumma.com