Keith Morris is a true pioneer. As co-founder of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, and with his trademark dreadlocks and angry vocals, he helped create the sound and image of hardcore punk in Southern California. His most recent endeavors, Off! And FLAG, show that same furious spirit. And now, Morris is coming to town, and locals will have two opportunities to see the singer, songwriter and drummer who, at 61 years old, remains a punk icon.
First up: an appearance on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Salzer’s Records. Morris will be signing copies of his recently released memoir, My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor — as frenetically entertaining a read as you’re going to find on a life lived as hard as the music it celebrated. 7 p.m., 5777 Valentine Road, Ventura. 639-2160 or www.salzers.com
Later that night, catch Morris and Off! at The Garage (which hosted another punk icon, CJ Ramone, a few weeks ago). The band performs with Plague Vendor, and it should be a raucous and energetic show. 8 p.m., 1091 Scandia Ave., Ventura. 814-2234.