BY NOEL FRANKLIN
Noel Franklin is a Seattle-based performance poet and visual artist with an academic background in fine arts printmaking. Her poetry has garnered a Seattle Arts Commission grant, a Jack Straw Foundation Fellowship and placement on Seattle’s National Poetry Slam team. Her visual art has been exhibited in Seattle, Sacramento and San Francisco.
I need to thank Barbara Mitchell, first and foremost, for introducing me to Club Lingers and Barbara Martinez for introducing me to the people with facets of the story, including Kurt Fisher, Art Fein, Bill Bentley, Europa MacMIllan, Gary Leonard, Alicia Valesquez and Collin Baker.
I reference photos provided by all of the above, but in particular Gary Leonard, who took professional photographs of Big Joe Turner with Dave Alvin and his mother, George Wendt posing with The Leonards, and Bill Bentley. He may have taken the photos of The Blasters backing up The Midnighters, and Brendan Mullen hanging out with Big Mama Thornton. In addition, Ellen Von Unwerth shot the Red Hot Chili Peppers photo I referenced Joseph Henderson is credited on the photo of DOA. There are several other images that came to me without a known source, so if you recognize it, let me know.
This story is not yet a finished story, there was too much to fit into the mini comic! But it scratches the surface and I’ll likely be exploring more later.