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Brendan Mullen, who helped launch L.A.'s punk scene, is remembered in a story with a memorable byline

October 15, 2009 |  3:43 pm

Flea photo Calendar’s appreciation of Brendan Mullen, who founded L.A.’s first punk venue and died Oct. 12, carried a startlingly short but certainly distinctive byline.Mullen photo

 “Flea,” it said.

Otherwise known as Michael Balzary, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers was given the nickname that became his four-letter “nom de rock”  — as a colleague once put it  — while joking around with friends in the late 1970s as a student at Fairfax High School. 

-- Valerie J. Nelson

Photo left: Flea performs with the Silverlake Conservatory Ensemble on Oct. 3 at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Photo right: Brendan Mullen founded the Masque punk rock club in Hollywood.