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Banned in DC

Banned in DC is dedicated to documenting the local punk scene. This is a good starting point for punk and hardcore multimedia. Check here for images of flyers, photos of shows, and audio and video of local bands. The flyers go back to 1995, and the rest of the content is more recent. The site is not quite complete, so don't expect to find out about upcoming shows or recent reviews.

Banned in DC: photo exhibit

Okay, so the exhibit was in San Francisco. But the content is all DC. This site includes photos from an exhibit based on the book "Banned in DC" about the DC punk scene from 1979 to 1985. The photos provide a bit of visual candy to give you a sense of the beginnings of DC punk.

Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground

by Cynthia Connolly. This book documents the 1979 to 1985 DC punk scene. It's mostly photographs, but they provide a good sense of early bands and shows. This is a fun introduction to DC punk.

Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital

by Mark Andersen and Mark Jenkins. This book oozes punk. It has the right font, layout, and photos. Plus, of course, it has the right content. Dance of Days outlines the development of the DC punk scene, through an examination of both labels and artists. Critics of the book complain that it only focuses on one branch of DC punk, but it's more than you can get from anything else.

DC Shows

DC Shows is primarily a calendar of upcoming punk shows in the area. In addition, the site includes news, photos, and links to other music websites. Local bands can also submit their upcoming shows on the site.

Dischord Records

In 1980, Dischord established itself as the premier label for DC punk. In fact, the history of Dischord reads as the history of the DC scene. The founders of the label were in several of the bands that defined the city's punk culture. Ian MacKaye continues to bring DC punk to starving masses of the US with his band Fugazi. This site provides the latest on current bands and sells the albums of past bands.

Pheer is an excellent first stop to learning about what's going on in the DC area punk scene today. Check here for tons of upcoming shows, local videos, links to area bands, venues, and other punk websites. Discuss anything and everything on their forum.

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