Recently, word got out that James Franco is planning to adapt Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel, Zeroville, into a film. In Zeroville, Vikar, the protagonist, hears punk for the very first time and becomes a man obsessed. At this point, he’s recognized as a difficult but talented film editor, so he moves from his home in LA to New York to work on a new movie. While there, Vikar becomes a regular terror in the mosh pit at CBGB, and back in LA, he heads to Whisky A Go-Go.
Check out Penelope Spheeris’s documentary The Decline of Western Civilization for more information about LA’s burgeoning punk scene, and Burning Down the House for the history of CBGB. We suggest you start this mix with The Misfit’s 1978 paean to sleaze and scandal, “Hollywood Babylon,” and then click through below to continue on our musical journey.