I am sad to report the death of one of our favorite denizens. On Saturday, May 5, 2018 Henry Peck passed away from liver cancer at the age of 67.
Henry Peck was a hairdresser at Goo on Fairfax. He was a man who loved music, hosting the first wave of punk and New Romantic movements in his record store, Vinyl Fetish, where he had in-store events and at the nightclubs he with his partner, Joseph Brooks, called the Fetish Club and The Veil.
The Fetish Club was at what is now the Hollywood Athletic club. It was called the Berwin Entertainment Complex then, and I was a waitress there. All the goth stars played there;
it was the home of punk’s early Goth scene. I met Johnny Rotten’s little brother, Martin there. He said that Johnny read all my letters.
Everyone loved Henry. He was a fixture on the LA scene. He was a loving friend and a partner-in-crime; he was always the hippest person in the room and his knowledge of music was astounding. I have known him for 39 years and some change. Now I am writing his obituary. It seems impossible to speak of the love he gave our city and the love that it gave back.
He called us all together not too long ago and told us he was going to India. I prefer to think that is where he is now. He is and always will be missed.
As per his wishes, his ashes are being sent to India. Information on a memorial is forthcoming.