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Thursday, July 30, 2009

White Smoke for Pope of Punk -- Dirk Dirksen Place Is a Reality

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge Dirk Dirksen, seen here stomping the shit out of Frankie Fix of the band CRIME, is now the official namesake of 'Dirk Dirksen Place' in North Beach - JAMES STARK
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  • Dirk Dirksen, seen here stomping the shit out of Frankie Fix of the band CRIME, is now the official namesake of 'Dirk Dirksen Place' in North Beach
After years of procedural wrangling more difficult than Dirk Dirksen's personality when faced with a particularly moronic concert audience, a San Francisco street has finally been named after the city's "Pope of Punk."

Along with a street sign reading "Dirk Dirksen Place," a plaque has been placed at 433 Broadway, the former site of the Mabuhay Gardens nightclub Dirksen caustically managed -- a hot spot graced by up-and-comers like Metallica, Blondie, The Ramones, and others. Certainly this is the first civic plaque in all of America that contains the phrase "Shut up, you animals" -- a typical Dirksen put-down for unruly crowds. 

Re-naming the former Rowland Alley -- on Broadway between Kearney and Montgomery -- was approved late last year, but it wasn't until this week that the sign and plaque were installed. Kathy Peck, former bassist for The Contractions and the driving force behind christening the street after Dirksen -- who died in 2006 -- handed out a multitude of thank-yous, starting with Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, former Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and Barbara Moy, manager of the Department of Public Works' street use and mapping bureau (is street use and mapping punk rock? Guess so.). Many of the punk acts that Dirksen introduced onstage at the "Fab Mab" chipped in the roughly $3,000 to cover the plaque -- which you can read below: 

click to enlarge Where's Kathy Peck standing? On Dirk Dirksen Place, naturally.
  • Where's Kathy Peck standing? On Dirk Dirksen Place, naturally.

click to enlarge Where's Kathy Peck standing? On Dirk Dirksen Place, naturally.
  • Where's Kathy Peck standing? On Dirk Dirksen Place, naturally.


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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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