Lori Black

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Lori Black
Birth name Lori Black
Born (1954-04-09) April 9, 1954 (age 63)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Instruments Bass
Associated acts

Lori Black (born April 9, 1954), also known as Lorax, is an American musician born in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of Shirley Temple[1] and Charles Alden Black. She played bass for Clown Alley[1] and for the Melvins. She has since stopped performing, and has become a photographer.


When Seattle grunge pioneers the Melvins temporarily disbanded in late 1987, bassist Matt Lukin left the band to form Mudhoney. The Melvins replaced him with Lori Black. At the time, Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne was dating Black, and the idea developed to have her play bass for the band. The first recording to feature Black's work was 1989's Ozma. She is also credited with playing on the band's major label debut Houdini in 1993, though Osborne and drummer Dale Crover have said that her contributions to the album were minimal, as she was forced to quit the band in order to deal with her heroin addiction.[2]

Black's exit from the Melvins came after she was busted for drug possession at a Portland, Oregon airport in February 1993. She had already been hospitalized twice for drug abuse and struggled to stay clean. She pleaded guilty to one count of possessing heroin and a second count was dropped when she agreed to two years probation, 120 hours of community service, and a fine of $385. The sentence also required she attend drug therapy sessions three times a week and submit to random drug screenings. She was allowed to rehab in northern California, where her parents lived, and her mother Shirley Temple was instrumental in helping her beat heroin. Temple had the entire family attend therapy together so Black wouldn't have to do it alone.[2]

Black currently lives in San Francisco and works as a photographer.[2]


with Melvins[edit]

with Clown Alley[edit]


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