Maybe it was inevitable. Those who grew up with punk are going to find some way to tie a bow on 30 years of wild and woolly music in an official sense, and that happened Tuesday night, when the Berkeley City Council took a moment at the start of its meeting to honor 924 Gilman.
No, seriously. Check out this clip from the video the city makes available for public download. That's Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin speaking first:
924 Gilman, you'll recall, is the music collective that helped birth Green Day, Rancid and a host of other East Bay punk bands, starting in the 1980s. At the time, its founders proclaimed it to be a safe, all-ages space without drugs, alcohol, or violence, and it's managed to hang on to that credo through several generations of music lovers. Now 924 Gilman is a non-profit, and turning 30 -- 30! -- which means it's middle-aged.
"It was pretty surreal," says Jesse Townley, who became involved with 924 Gilman with his first band, Blatz. "This is the only time it's happened to us in 30 years. It's pretty great that we were able to gain recognition as a DIY underground space, run by a ragtag bunch of volunteers."