John Totten Bob Nalbandian
by John Totten
The late '70s and early 1980s was an exciting time in the history of music in Southern California. From Reseda to Pomona to Anaheim, young rock bands and musicians learned their craft and plied their trade in the live music clubs that flourished in the region.
In Huntington Beach, a young Bob Nalbandian started a fanzine called The Headbanger that covered the local rock and metal scene. In an era before the internet and blogs, Nalbandian would print the fanzine himself and then deliver it personally to music stores and record shops.
By this time, disco was also done and Southern rock had faded from the scene. Major record companies were falling all over themselves to sign the next Boy George. Meanwhile, the rock and metal scene was flourishing just under everybody's radar.More »