The Ska community lost another big member of the scene: Jason Lawless (Jason Sirota) of Lawless Street, JamRec Entertainment, tour manager, promoter, DJ, Moondust Records, big time vinyl collector, animal protector and was apart of the 501st Legion (Los Angeles Squad) as well. Jason had been running his site Lawless Street since the early 00s, just as long as ReadJunk/Ska Punk And Other Junk. His commitment to ska & reggae in the LA scene and the world, will be greatly missed. Rest easy dude.
I used to talk to Jason online about ska/reggae and Star Wars here and there, and probably had a few debates about why I hated vinyl in the past. Not sure what exactly happened but seemed like he was in the hospital a few times over the years. People couldn’t find him for a few days and his dog Joy ended up in a shelter. It looks like Jason’s friends will be adopting his dog, which I’m sure Jason would have loved. I got a chance to met him at Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park in 2016, when he was tour managing the punk band Anti-Nowhere League and we hung out throughout the day. It felt like we knew each other for the longest time, even though we only met in person that day.
From someone that wasn’t really close with him or knew him all that well besides talking online, he seemed like he was just a positive & nice guy, trying to make ends-meet and do whatever he could to get by in this world. Promoting ska, being in the 501st Legion, saving animals in shelters, trying to get odd freelance design jobs, etc.
Listen to some ska, reggae and rocksteady in Jason’s honor today. Sad day.
Here’s what some of the community had to say about him:
Very Sad news. RIP Jason Lawless! 🙏😿💖
With respect & love! – T https://t.co/qHAnvBoRLa
— Tazy Phyllipz (@skaparade1) January 3, 2020
LA and OC's Rudest Rude Boy, Rudest of the Rude, Scene King, Staple Selector, Reggae Inspector, Two Tone Collector, Rebel Defector, Animal Protector. . . BIG UPS AND MAD RESPECT TO MAN CALLED JASON LAWLESS! Rest Easy, Brother.#ripjasonlawless #jasonlawless pic.twitter.com/a6kouOKOMF
— The Untouchables [40 Years] (@untouchables_la) January 3, 2020
An inspiration & a great soul. Truly a sad day.
RIP Jason Lawless.https://t.co/Mhywvfstr3
— skipthedj (@skipthedj) January 3, 2020
Just heard the horrible news that we lost #JasonLawless, a beautiful young man who lived music and rescued animals. @Dubistry recorded Roll Away for his acoustic ska compilation back in 2005 & we played many shows he promoted. He will be missed. 💔https://t.co/PVHAk71rvx
— Aram Sinnreich 🗽🎶 (@aram) January 3, 2020