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Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground (79-85) Paperback – November 1, 1988

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sun Dog Propaganda; 6th edition (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962094404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962094408
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By SP on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gives an interesting glimpse into a very specific, very magical time in the history of American punk subculture. I'm pictured several times in the book and I must say a flood of memories returned flipping through these pages. Their was a lot of energy going on back then!
The book should be interesting and fun for people involved in the hardcore punk scene today as well. It provides a glimpse into the motivations and embryonic formations of a "scene".
Those of us who grew up with punk and have carried those ideals with us needed a book like this to remind us of just how much of a blast being young really is! It's a state of mind!
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By A Customer on September 9, 1999
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Great book!!! A must have for any longtime DC punk scener!! Cheaper at Tower Records though!!
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There is no better way to expand or fill out your knowlege of the East Coast Punk Rock scene than this book. Packed with excellent photos that capture what DC was like when bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Iron Cross, and Government Issue were happening. It's a glimpse into a scene that served as a blueprint for cities all over America in it's earliest, and yes, even New Wave-y stages. Most of the photos are of people/bands involved with two of the most influential organizations that are still part of the DC scene, Dischord Records and Positive Force. Initally, this could seem like an obvious editorial slant, but when you realize the photos are mostly from their personal collections, the book becomes enjoyable as an example of a bunch of kids who just happened to document the life they were leading. Through the comments that accompany the pictures from the various contributors you also get a sense of how it felt to be there, with them, as they created one of the most creative and long-lasting Punk Rock communities ever.
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Banned In DC is just one of those books you can read everyday and you think your the only person in the world who has it. It documents the DC punk scene from 1979-1985. I'm a 15 year old girl just outside DC and i envy the people who were a part of the scene so much because they had each other(kind of like the movie suburbia).it was cool finding out that minor threat and tons of other harDCore bands played at walter johnson HS-3 miles from my house and some girls house-a mile from me.it really depresses me that i missed out on that.the DC punk scene was the best and people often ignore it but banned in dc is a great book.its really well put together with actual fliers,pictures and anecdotes from people who were a part of the scene.i look at the dc "scene" now and wonder what the hell happened!?
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I've had this book for years! I even found three pictures that have me in them!

It's a collection of photos that could be submitted after the fact - because of that, the photos were of people and bands that were around the photographer/submitter - thus the limited perspective that some reviewers commented on.

I don't think that the people taking the pictures had planned to publish something of this magnitude, and try to make a documentary of it, but the stories and pictures of people that I remember make it worthwhile. Some of these people are still very influential in the music scene.

If you want to get a feel for what it was like during the late 70's and into the 80's in the DC punk scene, this book is invaluable.
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This was a great book. If you're the least bit interested in what Dischord was putting out during the '80s, you have to buy this book. It's mostly a book of photos with comments by people who were involved in the scene at that time. After you get it, you won't put it down for weeks.
Oh, and you'll be amused by what Ian MacKaye looked like as a teenager. :)
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Wow, when I look at this book I think about how much fun we had and no one else was getting it, and did they ever miss out. I grew up in the scene and I think I'm the better for it. The Authors were there and it shows in the conviction that they chose the photos and the quotes. Thanx for giving us all some validity.
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Without a doubt, this book is the best around on punk and hardcore. Banned in DC was put out long ago, about at the height of the infatuation with Dischord, just as that DC scene was beginning to shun itself and others, in a way.

But this collection of b/w photos is amazing. Simple and smart, the pix capture the essence of the scene, including the bands and the people. Because this music is best experienced live, the photos do it justice unlike words can.

Anyone into punk, hardcore or indie music needs to have this book. Unlike many British and 70's NY or LA punk books, Banned in DC means something to anyone who grew up on 80's and 9's underground music.
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