Spoke: Images and Stories from the 1980s Washington, DC


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  • Spoke: Images and Stories from the 1980s Washington, DC Punk Scene
  • Scott Crawford
  • English
  • 03 June 2019
  • 1617755001

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Spoke: Images and Stories from the 1980s Washington, DC Punk SceneThe pictures, which include some posed portraits but are mostly concert shots, are the chief attraction They freeze moments of adolescent release, vein bulging intensity and sweaty communion that fuses performer and audienceVivid and evocative Washington Post Scott Crawford, the man behind the acclaimed documentary Salad Days, has given us another taste of the best kept secret of s in his new book Spoke Washington DCs hardcore punk scene Dazed With music by Minor Threat, Void, Rites of Spring, Government Issue, and many others propelling the story of hardscrabble, Reagan era DC as the hotbed for a new artistic outlet in Salad Days, Crawford saw the book as a way to scoop up important narrative from the cutting room floor and find a new home for it Fast Company Pockmarked with burned out buildings and boarded over storefronts, Northwest DC was once home to a vibrant and sometimes violent punk movement beginning in the early s For geekyyear old Scott Crawford, that changed everything He chucked comic books for punk rock and self published a music zine from his mothers kitchen table in Silver Spring This month, Crawford releases a book about those days, Spoke a companion to hisdocumentary, Salad Days featuring stories from local players such as Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, and Ian MacKaye Washingtonian Magazine Spokeadroitly uses both photographs and oral histories to capture the importance of what can best be described as a cultural revolution within the nation s capital Shepherd Express This coffee table version of the documentary Salad Days follows the DC scenes often politically charged brand of punk rock, from Bad Brains to Jawbox, and of course the legendary Fugazi And theres even the near forgotten SOA, whose frontman Henry Rollins took his DC energy to LA where he stepped in as the singer for Black Flag Yellow Scene Magazine A must have for any rock historian or pop culture buffThe perfect punk coffee table book Shockwave Magazine Highly recommendedA must read for punk fans Chorus HiFiNoise A worthy addition to the growing amount of literature on the American hardcore punk scene, Spoke will look great on any aging punks coffee table as a document to a vital, electric time Ink A forthright testament to a kaleidoscopic community This is a rounded collection, with surprises on every pageIt s collection that rocks Shelf Awareness for ReadersThe Washington, DC punk music scene of the s gave birth to influential bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Fugazi Here that era is portrayed in its purest form an oral history by the creators themselves, including nearly two hundred photographs capturing the power and spirit of this politically progressive corner of American underground music This stunning and intimate collection features rare images from Jim Saah, Cynthia Connolly, Bert Queiroz, and many others who documented this vibrant community Compiled by Scott Crawfordwhose critically acclaimed film Salad Days provided an unprecedented exploration into the s DC punk sceneSpoke delves deeper into one of the most dynamic movements in US music historyFeaturing BAD BRAINS, THE TEEN IDLES, BLACK MARKET BABY, SOA, MINOR THREAT, GOVERNMENT ISSUE, VOID, IRON CROSS, THE FAITH, SCREAM, MARGINAL MAN, GRAY MATTER, BEEFEATER, KING FACE, RITES OF SPRING, DAG NASTY, EMBRACE, SOULSIDE, FIRE PARTY, SHUDDER TO THINK, IGNITION, FUGAZI, SWIZ, THE NATION OF ULYSSES, and JAWBOX


About the Author: Scott Crawford

Scott Crawford is a filmmaker, music journalist, and graphic designer As a teenager, he founded Metrozine, a fanzine dedicated to the DC hardcore punk scene In 2001, he launched Harp magazine and served as its editor in chief for over seven years His documentary debut, Salad Days, played around the world and received critical accolades from the New York Times to Rolling Stone He lives in Washington, DC.