WHO IS BILLY BONES? Reveals Early Pioneer of LA’s Punk Rock Scene And His Unwavering Perseverance Over Four Decades
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BURBANK, Calif. – May 27, 2016 – KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced June’s lineup of powerful films from its flagship documentary series LINK VOICES including the broadcast premiere of WHO IS BILLY BONES?
LINK VOICES airs Wed. at 9 p.m. on KCET in Southern California and on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and Dish Network 9410).
LINK VOICES provides a unique collection of documentaries that showcases a medley of perspectives, untold stories and regional flavors. This impactful documentary series launches a new June lineup with a compelling mix of topics expressed by the people closest to the issues – from exceptional Kenyan girls empowered to change the world, to LA’s early punk rock scene from the point of view of one of its earliest frontmen.
An online hub streams several of the documentary releases along with additional content inviting viewers to engage with the films. For more information on the June lineup of LINK VOICES, including descriptions, images, and highlights please visit kcet.org/linkvoices or linktv.org/linkvoices.
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The LINK VOICES June lineup will be telecast as follows:
WHO IS BILLY BONES? – Premieres Wed., June 22, 9 p.m.
WHO IS BILLY BONES? highlights the four-decade-long music career of legendary punk rock vocalist Steven “Billy Bones” Fortuna. Billy Bones was an early pioneer of the punk genre, fronting the 1977 Los Angeles punk band The Skulls with his snarling vocals and socially charged lyrics. Director Kathy Kolla will be joined by Billy Bones for an introduction to the film to discuss the Los Angeles punk scene and his lasting influence for musical successors along the West Coast. The documentary features interviews with punk rock legends including Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, Woolly Bandits member Christa Collins, Dr. Strange Records founder Dr. Strange and Bones’ wife Christina Fortuna.
The film includes never-before-seen footage of L.A.’s first punk music venue, The Masque, shot exclusively for the project, along with archive interview footage of The Masque’s original proprietor, Brendan Mullen.
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KCETLink Media Group, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV – DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 – and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Hulu, Apple TV, and Roku platforms.