Classic Punk Tome 'Banned in DC' Repressed and Expanded
Published May 14, 2015After being out of print for close to 10 years, American hardcore history book Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground (79-85) is coming back to shelves, and with a few extra goodies. An expanded edition of the early punk scene-documenting tome from Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague and Sharon Cheslow lands June 23 via Sun Dog Propaganda Press.
A press release explains that this is the seventh pressing of the book, which had originally been released back in 1988. The sixth run, delivered in 2005, had been believed to be the last, as the negatives that were used to make the printing plates had deteriorated drastically to the point that they were basically unusable. Following much demand, photographer/curator Connolly recreated the book digitally before sending it off to be reprinted.
Banned in DC covers the late '70s/early '80s hardcore boom in Washington, DC, with the intent to "capture the feeling and energy of the movement, using stories from the people who were involved." It features a number of photos and flyers from the influential time period, as well as anecdotes from members of Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Faith, Rites of Spring, Void, Marginal Man, Scream, Government Issue, Red C, Nuclear Crayons, Insurrection and more.
This latest edition now adds an eight-page afterword from Connolly that explains how the book came together, as well as details how she had begun documenting the Los Angeles punk scene before her family relocated to Washington, DC, in 1981. The book pulls its name from the classic Bad Brains track of the same name.