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Melrose Ave in the '80's

By Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles

For our July issue of Los Angeles Magazine we explore how the 1980s fundamentally changed L.A. It was the era when colors were bright, hair was big, and punk and new wave fashions ruled.  With the help of movies, music, and something called the 1984 Summer Olympics, the city and its fashions became the center of the universe. I am thrilled to have been selected to write about Melrose Ave for a two page spread on pages 110 and 111. The issue is now available on stands. This is a further and more extended look into that colorful ave that helped define the '80's in Los Angeles.

Robin Young and friend taken by Suzan Colon, former writer at "Star Hits Magazine". 

By 1984 it was the pinnacle of the trendy punk rock influence and new wave scene in Los Angeles stretching from Fairfax to La Brea.  Dozens of off beat independent businesses and forward thinking boutiques dominated the Avenue and over night these old rundown…