Part II

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.

The rise of underground punk scenes in Orange County: Fullerton and the Beach Cities

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”

The Cuckoo’s Nest becomes the major hub of punk rock in Orange County

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”

The Cuckoo’s Nest’s first taste of punk

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”

Origins and predecessors of the Cuckoo’s Nest: the long road from playhouse, to LSD-biker bar, to the Nest

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”