VIP, July 1996
The Gate Keeper
In the historic pantheon of San Francisco's most notorious showmen, few
men have been blessed with the honor of being chosen Gate Keeper, holder
of the Sacred Keys. In the full tilt music scene roaring in San Francisco
during the 1970's, Dirk Dirksen prowled backstages at the now mythical
bastion of America's dark Punk Rock scene, Mabuhay Gardens, On Broadway.
While Bill Graham was headlining mainstream acts like the "Dooby
Brothers, and Jefferson Airplane, Dirksen was presenting avant garde groups
which were still dripping wet with the after birth of spontaneous creation,
like the Dead Kennedys, the Nuns, the Ramones, Crime, Mutants, Vktms,
Contractions, Devo, Blondy to name a few.
Its been over twenty years since Dirksen handed out large containers
of pop corn to rowdy fans hell bent on throwing anything at the Mabuhay
stage. These days the Godfather of Punk Rock can be found sorting out
the hottest cutting edge Music Video's with his partner Damon Molloy.
Dirksen is Executive Producer of " Potpourri" a television show
which explores the culture of the digital revolution through music videos,
independent films, CD-ROMS, and computer artistry. Continuing a pattern
of helping to break new ground in the arts, Dirksen also works closely
with the San Francisco based "Unity Foundation".
Founded in 1975, the "Unity Foundation" has worked at promoting
world peace, cooperation and unity, by using the creative arts, education,
and interactive communications programs working together to bring the
human family into a heightened state of unity. The foundation's list of
successes include programs to feed the poor, producing free cultural events,
supporting human rights, saving the environment.
As an Advisory Board Member of H.E.A.R., Dirk has helped the organization
grow through his countless hours of volunteer time and talents by producing
public service announcements, H.E.A.R. benefits and good ole sage advise
to Kathy Peck, former Contractions' bass player and Executive Director
of H.E.A.R. Dirk maintains his high profile in the music scene and in
the San Francisco arts community.
H.E.A.R. salutes Dirk for his major contributions and dedication to his
beloved San Francisco music scene and the community.
You are invited to explore these new horizons and contact Dirk Dirksen
at, Dirksen/Molloy Productions 744 Treat Ave., Suite 1001, San Francisco,
CA 94110. Phone (415) 206-1621 or Fax (415) 206-1622 or firstname.lastname@example.org