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”

Welcome to ‘Suburban Struggle’ Blog

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 suburban.struggle.zine@gmail.com.