Posts Tagged ‘Ian Mackaye’

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Salad Days (update)

August 11, 2015

Well, the digital screeners of Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) has been sent out to all Kickstarter backers and I had a chance to watch it tonight. What can I say? It was well worth the wait even though I’d preferred if those that helped fund it could’ve had a chance to see it before it started making the rounds on festivals etc. But, again, having seen the final results I gotta say it’s cool.

Starting in the late 1970’s with early bands like The Bad Brains (it’s nice to see scenesters like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye stress how important they were to inspire other musicians to start their own bands), the documentary kind of follows the Dischord Records‘ outfits (with some exceptions) and offers in-depth interviews with pretty much everyone on the DC scene.

It’s all here. The early bands, the violence that was pretty much an every day occurrence for punkers back then, the birth of sXe (straight edge), the so-called “revolution summer” and birth of emo – everything up to the early 90s with Nirvana taking a leap out of the post-hardcore scene and onto major mainstream success. This sounds great, looks great and (thankfully) steers clear from that self-congratulatory masturbation you sometimes see in documentaries.

I gotta admit, after watching it, I felt pretty damn proud to have taken a small part in this documentary happening. Check out the trailer on Vimeo, you can buy it for $12,99 or wait for the DVD to be released in September. Official Facebook here.

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D.I.Y. or Die

September 13, 2012

Well, I already mentioned this documentary in my post about Ian Mackaye‘s Q&A at The Vera Project, so I thought I’d share it here. Michael W. Dean‘s documentary D.I.Y. OR DIE: How To Survive as an Independent Artist is (in his own words) “a celebration of the artistic underdog” and features interviews with musicians and various artists like Lydia Lunch, J Mascis and Mike Watt – all sharing their experiences trying to get by in today’s cut-throat economy.

Now, even though there’s a slant on musicians I’d say this is still pretty inspiring and informative for anybody who wants to realize their dreams. Eight parts in total, check ’em out!

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Twittered

September 12, 2012

Yay! I’ve been twittered! Or is it tweeted? I gotta admit I’m not that hot on all things Net, but it was a pleasant surprise seeing The Vera Project making a post on Twitter about my blurb about Ian Mackaye‘s Q&A earlier in September. To which I’m much obliged.

Read my post here and check out their Twitter here.

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Ian Mackaye

September 10, 2012

When it comes to the Old School intelligentsia I find myself having more and more respect for Ian Mackaye. Even though I never cared for Minor Threat – believe me, that’s considered heresy among some punks – I gotta admit Fugazi got some pretty great moments but when it comes to the man himself I consider him to embody what used to be so great about the counter culture. These days there sure are a lot of drugged-out, boozed-up knuckleheads that probably would need a couple of minutes to tell the difference between a guitar and a mail box, but Ian for me represent what makes this “scene” great.

We’re talking about a guy that helped start the Straight Edge movement back in the early 80s and unlike a lot of people involved in the punk scene truly meant what he said. Fugazi refused to play shows that weren’t All Ages. Or establishments that served alcohol. They even refused to do interviews with magazines/zines that advertised alcohol and/or cigarettes  (like Rolling Stone Magazine). And according to an interview in the great D.I.Y. or Die documentary the band even turned down a million dollar offer to have a meeting with a major label. Not sign – a damn meeting!

Anyway, every now and then I stumble across clips and interviews with the guy and his recent Q&A at The Vera Project offers a glimpse into his views about file sharing, punk rock etc. Check it out!

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