Berkeley - Rasputin Music: East Bay Punk - Barrington Hall
A storefront display at Rasputin Musiccelebrates the history of East Bay Punk.
Before legal arbitration with the neighbors in 1984, Barrington was the launching pad/petri dish of Bay Area Punk, and bands played frequently. The song "Frizzle Fry" by the band Primus as well as the theme of their album, Tales from the PunchBowl, was inspired by one of the Barrington's recurring parties, called "Wine Dinners," held at the house were punch laced with LSD was served. Black Flag, Flipper, X, NOFX, and The Dead Kennedys played at Barrington in the 80s, along with hundreds of other punk rock bands.
Rasputin Music, the largest independent chain of record stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded as Rasputin Records in 1971 by Berkeley entrepreneur, Ken Sarachan. There are currently seven operating locations around the Bay Area, including the flagship Berkeley store, which was originally located at 2340 Telegraph avenue and relocated across the street to 2401 Telegraph Avenue after Odyssey Records went out of business.