Less than a month after his death from complications from a long battle with Lewy dementia, Bob Biggs, LA founder of legendary punk label Slash Records, listed his idiosyncratic and remote connection in Tehachapi for $ 2 million from his wife, Kim .
Biggs was an artist and punk rock visionary who signed groundbreaking underground acts like L7, The Germs, Violent Femmes, and The Blasters in the late 70s and early 80s when big labels didn’t touch them, and he often contributed original artwork to their album covers . So it is fitting that the iconoclast lived in a unique building that is equipped with a 2,600 square meter artist studio and a horse stable with six stables in a windy and secluded bushland.
The long-distance spread is as noticeable as it is lonely. The description of a “modern concrete fortress” in the listing descriptions conjures up the image of an eccentric music mogul hiding in a secured, possibly armed, desert property. In reality, the nearly 300-square-meter main residence is more of a nod to minimalist Asian architecture than a fortress.
It’s a far cry from the raw hedonism of the LA punk scene in the late 1970s, but hands down a calm and idyllic setting for Bob Biggs to pass his final years.
(This story has been corrected. In an earlier version of the headline, Biggs was identified as a rock performer. He was a manager of a music label. We regret the mistake.)
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