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Late Punk Music Exec’s Bunker-Style Home Near Bakersfield on Market for $2 Million



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Barely a month after his death from complications resulting from a long battle with Lewy body dementia, Bob Biggs, founder of the legendary L.A.-based punk label Slash Records, has had his idiosyncratic and remote compound in Tehachapi, listed by his wife Kim for $2 million.

Biggs was an artist and punk rock visionary who signed seminal underground acts such as L7, The Germs, Violent Femmes and The Blasters in the late ‘70’s and early ’80’s when major labels wouldn’t touch them, and he often contributed original artwork to their album covers. It’s fitting, then, the iconoclast lived in an one-of-a-kind compound that comes complete with a 2,600-square-foot artist’s studio and a six-stall breezeway horse barn set amid 80 acres of arid and secluded scrubland.

The remote spread is as eye catching as it is solitary. The description of a “modern day concrete fortress” in the listing descriptions conjures the image of an eccentric music mogul holed up in a secured, possibly armed desert estate. In reality, the nearly 3,900-square-foot main residence is more of a nod to minimalist Asian architecture than anything fortress-like.

It’s far cry from the raucous hedonism of L.A.’s late ‘70’s punk scene but an undoubtedly tranquil and idyllic setting for Bob Biggs to spend his final years.

(This story has been corrected. An earlier version of the headline identified Biggs as a rock performer. He was a music label executive. We regret the error.)

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