Part II details the genesis of the attack against the Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s important to note that the attack–at least initially–was spearheaded by the local business community, and more specifically, the Cuckoos’ Nest’s immediate neighbors. Collectively organized, these local businesses would prod what appeared at first to be a disinterested City bureaucracy into action. In Part II, we’ll see how local business organized against the Cuckoo’s Nest and effectively convinced the local government to intervene.
For your reading pleasure, source documents that are related to the topics covered in Part I. Primarily, these are business records maintained by the City of Costa Mesa. Continue reading “Source Documents for Part I”
The uptick in punk programming at the Cuckoos’ Nest coincided with the genesis of underground punk scenes in Orange County (which probably didn’t generate scenes until late 1979, or 1980). Continue reading “The rise of underground punk scenes in Orange County: Fullerton and the Beach Cities”
Punk, it turned out, was good for business. Or phrased more guardedly, punk guaranteed “consistent” “modest success” for the Cuckoo’s Nest. (“Cuckoo’s Nest – ‘the’ new music spot,” The Register, February 22, 1981.) In mid-1979, Roach told one music reporter that he “found kinetic energy and increased cash by booking advocates of a supposedly dying style.” By June 1979, Roach remarked that “The thing is it’s not getting any smaller. You’ve got to come to grips with it. Whenever I do a show, it sells out. What can I say, I’ve got to do more.” (“Punk Rockers Find Roosting Place in Mesa,” Daily Pilot, June 15, 1979.) Continue reading “The Cuckoo’s Nest becomes the major hub of punk rock in Orange County”
Roach and his business partner Williams did not conceive of the Cuckoo’s Nest as a punk venue. Originally, the Cuckoo’s Nest offered traditional rock music entertainment. Shortly after the 325-person venue became operational in early 1978, however, the Cuckoo’s Nest started booking “New Wave” shows, which included punk rock. Continue reading “The Cuckoo’s Nest’s first taste of punk”
The Cuckoo’s Nest, founded in 1976, was a music venue tucked away in a commercial-industrial area in the City of Costa Mesa, situated in the heart of Orange County, California. Continue reading “Origins and predecessors of the Cuckoo’s Nest: the long road from playhouse, to LSD-biker bar, to the Nest”
Part I consists of four posts. Continue reading “Part I”
Suburban Struggle is a history of Orange County punk as it developed in and around the infamous Costa Mesa music venue the Cuckoo’s Nest from 1979-1981. Continue reading “Introduction”
This blog is a platform to release digitally Suburban Struggle: The Campaign to Suppress Punk in Costa Mesa California (1978-1981), first published in February 2016. My plan is to post sections of the zine in chronological order. The larger goal is to make this blog a living work, with the purpose of developing the history of the attack on the Cuckoo’s Nest by the Cost Mesa business community, police, and City bureaucracy. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.