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!
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