Say what you want about its bland superficiality and one-dimensional stereotype, Southern California has done more for the world than a lot of other places.
Consider that Los Angeles spawned X, Jane’s Addiction and a group that said muthafuck the police.
Before the frat guys co-opted their music, Sublime was playing house parties in Long Beach. Even before Sublime, the D-O double G was representin’ the LBC.
The Lakers – despite their Minnesota roots – and Black Flag are Southern California.
Tony Hawk (Carlsbad) and skateboarding, Tony Gwynn (Long Beach) and his sweet swing, and the irrepressible Gwen Stefani (Anaheim) each put Southern California on the map in their own way.
Forget Hollywood and the movies because they’re just bullshit.
I’m talking about the Zoot Suit Riots and the uprisings in Watts and at Florence and Normandie.