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Biography

Backstage Pass was a mostly-female American punk-pop band from Los Angeles. The band was formed in 1976 and was known as one of the city’s earliest punk bands and for helping to build and launch The Masque punk venue in Hollywood. They Spent their earliest months rehearsing at Cherokee Studios in a room with a one-way mirror through which Alice Cooper, David Bowie and others would watch them try to figure out their instruments. Their relationship to Stiff Records founder Jake Riviera, Elvis Costello and British punk band The Damned coaxed them out of the rehearsal room and onto the stage. They played extensively in Southern and Northern California on bills with Devo, The Mumps, Wall of Voodoo, The Nuns, Elvis Costello, The Screamers, The Weirdos and others. Backstage Pass was often photographed by notable rock photographers including Jenny Lens, Brad Elterman, Donna Santisi and James Stark. The band was often featured in seminal punk publications including Backdoor Man, Slash Magazine, Flipside and others. Backstage Pass dissolved in 1979.

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