Electrifying in its vivid clarity, Hard Art, DC 1979 presents Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lucian Perkins, as he captures the spirit and excitement of the primordial state of DC hardcore. Spanning four DC hardcore punk shows in the fall and winter of 1979, Perkins illuminates legendary performances by Trenchmouth and the Bad Brains through luscious black and white photography. Equally representative of the era’s performers and burgeoning communities as it is of its fashion and fans, the intimacy of Perkins’ photos offer more than just your typical concert snapshot. Presented with essays by DC natives Henry Rollins (S.O.A., Black Flag) and Alec MacKaye (The Untouchables, The Faith), the book foregoes the pitfalls of nostalgia, offering compelling commentary and analysis on the formative stage of DC punk and its relation to the world today. This book is a must-have for any fan of hardcore/punk history!
Marrying his love for vintage underground rock concert posters and sleek, minimalist design, graphic artist Mike Joyce creates a treat for designers and music fans alike with Swissted. In homage to concerts that have actually taken place, Joyce reimagines classic punk and indie rock concert posters with his unique array of angles, effervescent color, and signature “lowercase berthold akzidenz-grotesk medium” typeface. Through his adoration for almost unbelievable band line-ups, music subculture history, and sleek arrangement, Swissted manages to simultaneously please the eye and pull on the nostalgia strings. Note: Each individual poster is perforated to allow for framing or hanging!
Lauded as the authoritative document on the rise of the American indie underground, Our Band Could Be Your Life compiles the lives, music, and DIY ethics of 13 seminal bands and their exponential effect on America’s alternative culture. Bridging the gap from the ‘70s punk movement to the mainstream explosion of the grunge era, journalist Michael Azzerad explores a decade of sonic territory through the stories of bands likes the Minutemen, Fugazi, The Replacements, and Sonic Youth. From Minor Threat and the birth of hardcore, to the acid-fueled antics of the Butthole Surfers, Azzerad honors each band’s unique trajectory with exciting and compelling prose.