About 10 years ago I started work on a film called "Hotel Hospcotch", or Portraits from the Fringes" (it went through several working titles), which was a collection of narrated vignettes about the lives of a handful of us who came together in the punk scene. They were stories of alcoholism, of abuse, of broken down families…because the explosion of punk in the late 70s was unlike anything that had come before it, and finally there was something that gave voice (and vehicle) to all this rage that was killing us.
This is the first segment, narrated by Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest, talking about growing up in the quiet despair of a broken down suburban family. Bob and I came to know each other years later on the streets on Hollywood. Music is by Jimmy Wilsey, a friend also a veteran of those days, having played in the legendary SF Avengers, and later finding fame as Chris Isaac's guitarist and cowriter of the song "Wicked Game". Music is courtesy of Lakeshore Records.
The imagery is either my photos, family film & photos, or public domain TV commercials from Archive.org, an amazing treasure trove of American public domain ephemera.