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Dirk Dirksen

Shut Up, You Animals

 
 
Dirk Dirksen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 12, 2020
1. Dirk Dirksen Marker
Inscription.  
Dirk Dirksen (1937-2006), ringmaster of the circus of the creatively inspired and the willfully deranged, presided as Pope of Punk over nightly excursions in living theater on the premises 1974-1984 at Ness Aquino's Mabuhay Gardens, previously a Filipino supper club. He opened the lid on society's garbage can of new talent to look for truth and beauty that gave rise to San Francisco's counter-culture music scene.
 
Erected 2009.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 37° 47.881′ N, 122° 24.281′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Broadway, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 443 Broadway, San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Jazz Workshop (a few steps from this marker); Mona's 440 Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Lupo’s Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter Macchiarini Steps
Dirk Dirksen Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 12, 2020
2. Dirk Dirksen Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here on the right, embedded in the sidewalk at the beginning of the alley known both as Rowland and as Dirk Dirksen Place (note both street signs in picture).
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Lusty Lady (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Finnochio's (about 300 feet away); Devil's Acre & Battle Row (about 400 feet away); San Francisco Brewing Company (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. White Smoke for Pope of Punk — Dirk Dirksen Place Is a Reality (SFWeekly, July 30, 2009). "Along with a street sign reading “Dirk Dirksen Place,” a plaque has been placed at 433 Broadway, the former site of the Mabuhay Gardens nightclub Dirksen caustically managed — a hot spot graced by up-and-comers like Metallica, Blondie, The Ramones, and others. Certainly this is the first civic plaque in all of America that contains the phrase “Shut up, you animals” — a typical Dirksen put-down for unruly crowds." (Submitted on December 15, 2020.) 

2. Dirk Dirksen (Wikipedia). "Dirk Dirksen (August 25, 1937 – November 20, 2006) was a music promoter and emcee of the San Francisco punk rock clubs Mabuhay Gardens and On Broadway in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Dirksen was nicknamed the "Pope of Punk."" (Submitted on December 15, 2020.) 
 
Dirk Dirksen Marker - wider view, showing the former Mabuhay Gardens building image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 12, 2020
3. Dirk Dirksen Marker - wider view, showing the former Mabuhay Gardens building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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