We’re big fans of D.C. punk. From hosting Ian Svenonius, talking books with J. Robbins, or discussing growing up punk in the nation’s capitol with Nathan Larson, we’re unsure if any one place in America (or elsewhere…) created a scene quite like the one that came out of Washington D.C. starting in the late 1970s, and still resonating today. What makes D.C. punk even more unique is that it doesn’t just extend to the bands, because the city also helped kick the Riot Grrrl and DIY movements up a notch, and basically wrote the Magna Carta on how American indie should work.
On June 19th at WORD, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Akashic Books will celebrate the past, present, and future of punk from the Capital City with a discussion between Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lucian Perkins and musician/writer Alec MacKaye (Ignition, Faith, The Warmers) that will be moderated by Vol. 1’s Jason Diamond. The discussion is in conjunction with the new book of photos by Perkins that document the early days of the iconic punk scene, Hard Art 1979, and will feature photos on display from the book that’s available through Akashic.