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SLC Punk Is Not Dead Page 3

A look back at the film that made the city an icon 15 years ago

By Colin Wolf
Posted // September 18,2013 -

Trish’s Bong Shop

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 Heroin Bob’s love interest, Trish, owned a head shop on 200 East and 300 South. Back then it was an actual shop called Gaia, and was owned by a friend of Merendino’s. A few doors down is Cher’s Deli, which can be seen in the background, and is still operating. 

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Cottonwood Mall

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Arguably Stevo’s best rant of the movie was filmed here: “Posers were people who looked like punks but they did it for fashion. And they were fools; they’d say, ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ What the fuck’s that?” Unfortunately, all that’s left of this mall is a vacant lot full of cats and a Macy’s. 

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The Indian Center

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According to Merendino, back in the ’80s, the Indian Center was where all the punk shows were. But its actual location, on 120 W. 1300 South, wasn’t a very interesting place to film. So, instead, the movie’s concert scene was shot at the old Cottonwood Paper Mill at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, which was condemned by the city in 2005 and is rumored to be haunted.

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Posted // October 13,2013 at 08:59

Wait. . it took three of those women to give Trish one dimension?

 

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Posted // September 27,2013 at 13:02

Cool Puck Rock photos from Speedway Cafe, any know where all the Indian Center Photos are, I know Jennifer Habel RIP took many photos.

 

http://trent. photoshelter. com/gallery/1988-Punk-Rock/G0000XvactxoXQq8/

 

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Posted // September 27,2013 at 08:09

The real Heroin Bob is very much alive in fact he is the co owner of my husband's fantasy football team! Ha ha. . . James went to the same high school as me briefly before he switched to judge but I didn't know him to ever be in the punk scene. I saw the movie at the Sundance premiere and thought it was a fun movie for the most part and my friends who worked on the film crew said it was fun to make. Yeah, he should have used local music I agree and perhaps came up with his own original names as the main characters.

 

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Posted // September 26,2013 at 10:04

I am publicly appoligizing to James. It's easy to be an internet tough guy and talk shit about someone you don't know. I did get the opportunity to chat with him, and yeah I might be sucking up, but I truly am sorry if I hurt his feelings, and understand if I did. It doesn't feel good inside and I just have to say this to get it out there. If I could delete my comments I would.

 

Posted // September 26,2013 at 11:36 - Ike, I don't think you said anything out-of-line. Isn't one of the goals of a movie to provoke conversation? SLC Punk certainly has done that, including the folks who loved it, generally liked it, had some legitimate criticisms (e. g. the lack of any SLC punk bands in the soundtrack), or flat-out disliked it. I think all those opinions are have a place in the dialogue about SLC Punk. From what I've read on FB and here, you've been nothing less than respectful. Just because folks have differing opinions about the movie doesn't mean that they're making personal attacks against the director, even though, unfortunately, Mr. Merendino has taken some of the criticisms that way. I will say that I really hope there weren't any threats made to with JM, his family or his fans. I was on that thread last night and didn't see anything of the sort. Yeah, Skip was obnoxious but what do you expect? Haha. If there were actually personal threats made, then it must have been through private message, because I sure didn't see any (or make any, unless noting that I went to Judge with James and hos sister counts as a personal threat - hope not!). I'd probably be sensitive, too, if folks were critiquing my work, but I think that comes with the territory, especially when the subject is punk rockers, who are not generally known for their refined and sensitive ways. Back to my original point: your having opinions about the movie doesn't mean you have anything to apologize for. Peace.

 

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Posted // September 23,2013 at 20:45

Oopps I meant 30 years ago.  In this case i do thing timing matters!

 

Posted // September 26,2013 at 11:41 - Sorry for all the typos. Writing from my phone.

 

 
 
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