Spoke: Images And Stories From The 1980s Washington, Dc Punk Scene by Scott CrawfordSpoke: Images And Stories From The 1980s Washington, Dc Punk Scene by Scott Crawford

Spoke: Images And Stories From The 1980s Washington, Dc Punk Scene

byScott Crawford

Hardcover | February 17, 2017

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The pictures, which include some posed portraits but are mostly concert shots, are the chief attraction. They freeze moments of adolescent release, vein-bulging intensity and sweaty communion that fuses performer and audience... Vivid and evocative." - Washington Post "Scott Crawford, the man behind the acclaimed documentary Salad Days, has given us another taste of the best-kept secret of 80s in his new book Spoke : Washington DC's hardcore punk scene." - Dazed "With music by Minor Threat, Void, Rites of Spring, Government Issue, and many others propelling the story of hardscrabble, Reagan-era D.C. as the hotbed for a new artistic outlet in Salad Days, Crawford saw the book as a way to scoop up important narrative from the cutting-room floor and find a new home for it." - Fast Company "Pockmarked with burned-out buildings and boarded-over storefronts, Northwest DC was once home to a vibrant and sometimes violent punk movement beginning in the early 1980s. For geeky 12-year-old Scott Crawford, that changed everything: He chucked comic books for punk rock and self-published a music zine from his mother's kitchen table in Silver Spring. This month, Crawford releases a book about those days, Spoke - a companion to his 2014 documentary, Salad Days - featuring stories from local players such as Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, and Ian MacKaye." - Washingtonian Magazine " Spoke ... adroitly uses both photographs and oral histories to capture the importance of what can best be described as a cultural revolution within the nation's capital." - Shepherd Express "This coffee table version of the documentary [ Salad Days ] follows the D.C. scene's often politically-charged brand of punk rock, from Bad Brains to Jawbox, and of course the legendary Fugazi. And there's even the near-forgotten SOA, whose frontman Henry Rollins took his D.C. energy to L.A. where he stepped in as the singer for Black Flag." - Yellow Scene Magazine "A must-have for any rock historian or pop-culture buff... The perfect punk coffee table book." - Shockwave Magazine "Highly recommended... A must read for punk fans." - Chorus.fm/HiFiNoise"A worthy addition to the growing amount of literature on the American hardcore/punk scene, Spoke will look great on any aging punks' coffee table as a document to a vital, electric time." - Ink19.com"A forthright testament to a kaleidoscopic community. This is a rounded collection, with surprises on every page... It's collection that rocks." - Shelf Awareness for Readers The Washington, DC punk music scene of the 1980s gave birth to influential bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Fugazi. Here that era is portrayed in its purest form: an oral history by the creators themselves, including nearly two hundred photographs capturing the power and spirit of this politically progressive corner of American underground music. This stunning and intimate collection features rare images from Jim Saah, Cynthia Connolly, Bert Queiroz, and many others who documented this vibrant community. Compiled by Scott Crawford-whose critically acclaimed film Salad Days provided an unprecedented exploration into the 1980s DC punk scene- Spoke delves deeper into one of the most dynamic movements in US music history.Featuring: BAD BRAINS, THE TEEN IDLES, BLACK MARKET BABY, SOA, MINOR THREAT, GOVERNMENT ISSUE, VOID, IRON CROSS, THE FAITH, SCREAM, MARGINAL MAN, GRAY MATTER, BEEFEATER, KING FACE, RITES OF SPRING, DAG NASTY, EMBRACE, SOULSIDE, FIRE PARTY, SHUDDER TO THINK, IGNITION, FUGAZI, SWIZ, THE NATION OF ULYSSES, and JAWBOX. "
Scott Crawford is a filmmaker, music journalist, and graphic designer. As a teenager, he founded Metrozine, a fanzine dedicated to the DC hardcore punk scene. In 2001, he launched Harp magazine and served as its editor-in-chief for over seven years. His documentary debut, Salad Days, played around the world and received critical accol...
Title:Spoke: Images And Stories From The 1980s Washington, Dc Punk SceneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.58 inPublished:February 17, 2017Publisher:Akashic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617755001

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Editorial Reviews

Spoke ... explores a dynamic music scene that could not be ignored. Each chapter reveals a different band, their oral history and photos with the same intensity of the documentary." - Punk Globe Magazine "Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void, Swiz, Government Issue... Where would hardcore be without the '80s DC scene? Spoke: Images and Stories from the 1980s Washington, DC Punk Scene features rare images from the photographers that documented the movement. Curated by Scott Crawford - the guy behind the superb Salad Days documentary - Spoke covers all of the usual suspects but also includes lesser-known yet important DC bands like Beefeater and Marginal Man. Its coffee table size is also a bonus, making any living room 100% cooler with it in it." - No Echo"As a visual record, the coffee-table book succeeds commendably with page after page of gorgeous, oversized, black-and-white images of the prime movers in D.C. punk circa the Me Decade. So you get the expected - Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi - but also a hefty dose of the underdogs - Fire Party, Beefeater, Nation of Ulysses. The photos tell the story better than accompanying texts - all kinetic action, the pages are almost humid with sweat and spit." - Orlando Weekly "This book has been published to accompany the recent (and rather excellent) documentary Salad Days, which was directed by this book's creator, Scott Crawford. The core of the book features over 200 high quality photos from the likes of Jim Saah, Cynthia Connolly and Bert Queiroz. Most of these are monochrome (some with a sepia tone, a few others in full colour), several never published before and all strikingly clear and evoking the era perfectly. These images alone captivate, bringing this most influential and politically progressive Punk scene to life." - Scanner Zine "Features profiles of more than two dozen bands, beginning with the Bad Brains and including Fugazi, Minor Threat, Shudder To Think, Jawbox, Government Issue, and SOA (with a young Henry Rollins)." - Bay Area Reporter "This volume serves as a visual and narrative companion to Salad Days, a 2014 documentary, also by Crawford, that explores the 1980s Washington, D.C., hardcore punk scene. Like the film, the book sheds light on the ways in which the music coming out of the nation's capital, by bands such as Bad Brains and Fugazi, served as a mode of political and economic critique." - Publishers Weekly "Loaded with photos (lots from photographer Jim Saah), the volume is a joy to thumb through, or read cover-to-cover. The images practically jump off the page and a reader can't but help be energized just looking at this." - A Pessimist is Never DisappointedPraise for the film Salad Days :"Acts not only as a musical primer but as a monument to a moment: when punk was both a way to find kinship with like-minded oddballs and a tool for fighting issues like racism and economic disparity." - Rolling Stone "An enlightening documentary." - New York Times "A sharp exploration into what made DC punk tick, and how it continues to inspire." - MTV News "