Jim Saah documented the D.C. hardcore scene with training from a high school photography class, capturing energy and excitement with a natural sense of technique and art.
The Crew (Trust Records). Review by Scott Adams.
Body of Work (1990-1995) (Don Giovanni ). Review by Scott Adams.
Documentary on the Washington, D.C. punk scene, with a focus on the earlier years.
Group Sex (Trust Records). Review by Scott Adams.
Brace Yourself (Pirate’s Press). Review by Scott Adams.
Savage Young Du (Numero Group). Review by Scott Adams.
Companion photo book to the documentary Salad Days, an exploration of Washington DC’s trailblazing hardcore punk scene.
The Dicks From Texas (MVDVisual). Review by Scott Adams.
Mike Judge created the straight edge band Judge as a darker, more militant answer to the movement’s detractors. A loner who was able to conquer his stage fright to lead a band, Judge revisits the band in this new documentary.
Kings of Punk (Southern Lord). Review by Scott Adams.
45 Grave is a monthly column dedicated to a physical music medium that is way too fun to go quietly into digital limbo, no matter how eagerly cloud zombies want to fashion the coffin.
With a razor-sharp memory and conversational writing style, L.A. punk pioneer Alice Bag recounts her musical obsession.
See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody tells Bob Mould’s entire story – from his abusive childhood to his coming out as a gay man, filled with details and anecdotes from his 50-plus years.
Live clips and interviews from Meat Puppets, Minutemen, Redd Kross and Twisted Roots.
The net result of plowing through a weighty tome like this is a sense of awe at how a bunch of kids created their own culture whole cloth, like the music industry on a Utopian, communal, microcosmic level.
Loud Fast Rules (ROIR). Review by Scott Adams.
Old school skateboarding thrash punks Suicidal Tendencies stopped by Orlando with Hed PE to wax political. It was a ruckus not to be missed – and Eric Donath did not.
No Mercy Fool/The Suicidal Family (Suicidal). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Akashic Press expands, redesigns, and re-releases Mark Anderson and Mark Jenkins’s invaluable DIY learning tool, Dance of Days. Even better, it’s just as energizing as the first read. What were YOU up to at age 16?
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