Brendan Mullen

Brendan Mullen (October 9, 1949 – October 12, 2009) was born in Paisley, Scotland and moved to Manchester, England when he was 8. He spent his early teen years writing for various British music magazines. In 1973, Mullen moved to the United States where he remained for the remainder of his life. Mullen had just started working toward U.S. citizenship at the time of his death. Through Mullen's support at various nightclubs in California, the scene gave birth to such bands as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Go-Go's, X, The Weirdos and the The Germs. Mullen is best known as the founder of The Masque, a small punk rock club in central Hollywood, California, which existed intermittently from 1977 to 1979. Mullen originally only wanted a place to practice music however the owner of the building offered him the 10,000-square-foot (930 m) basement for $850 a month allowing him to set up numerous rehearsal spaces for the burgeoning punk music community. The Masque became ground zero for punk music in Los Angeles however city officials refused to approve permits required to run it as a legal nightclub and shut the club down in 1978.

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