It All Dies Anyway: L.A., Jabberjaw, and the End of an Era

The untold history of the seminal cultural venue Jabberjaw—the underground star of Los Angeles’s historic indie scene of the 1990s. Billing itself as a "coffeehouse art gallery" when it opened in 1989, Jabberjaw quickly became not only the cornerstone of the Los Angeles post-punk scene but also a hub of the underground music scene nationwide. Bridging the gap between punk and indie, Jabberjaw was a bastion of counterculture that hosted shows for bands from the obscure (Hole, Unsane) to the legendary (Nirvana, Pearl Jam) in an environment that reflected a generation. In collaboration with the owners of the club, and with contributions from many of the musicians and artists who played and spent time there, It All Dies Anyway is a record of the venue’s brief but influential existence. Designed and compiled by Bryan Ray Turcotte, the book is a visual feast, layering flyers and posters onto photographs, handmade record covers, and Polaroids of the gallery to paint an engrossing portrait not only of a venue but also of a forgotten time and place in music history.

About The Author

Bryan Ray Turcotte is an author, curator, designer, publisher, and musician based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Punk Is Dead: Punk Is Everything and Fucked Up and Photocopied: Instant Art of the Punk Rock Movement.

  • Publish Date: August 25, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Popular Culture
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-1/4 x 11-1/4
  • Pages: 272
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $55.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3996-4


"[This is] the story of the no-frills coffeehouse art gallery (and micro movie theatre) that serendipitously became a underground LA music venue in the '90s, closing after eight years in 1997. . .  Most enlightening are the anecdotes from the musicians, artists and the community of misfits who reminisce about their experiences seeing Nirvana, Hole, Bikini Kill, The Jesus Lizard."

"'It All Dies Anyway' feels like a cool yearbook filled with personal stories from musicians and clubgoers, unknown and known."