- Paperback: 440 pages
- Published: 12/1/09
- IBSN: 9781933354996
- Genre: Art/Music/Pop Culture
Updated 2009 edition of this evergreen punk classic—with a new chapter, additional photos, and other original material!
“A truly compelling narrative . . . a powerful piece of cultural reporting.”
“For anyone interested in the power of independent music, this is an overdue insight into a vibrant, homegrown scene.”
“A best buy for those seeking to educate themselves on the legacy created by Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bratmobile, and on and on.”
Washington, DC’s creative, politically insurgent punk scene is studied for the first time by local activist Mark Andersen and arts writer Mark Jenkins. The nation’s capital gave birth to the most influential punk underground of the ’80s and ’90s. Dance of Days recounts the rise of trailblazing artists such as Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and Bikini Kill, while examining the roots of PMA, straight edge, Dischord Records, Revolution Summer, Positive Force, and Riot Grrrl. This book provides a window on the hidden history of a grassroots rock revolution that burst into the mainstream in the early ’90s following the success of Nirvana and its groundbreaking album, Nevermind.
MARK ANDERSEN is the author of All The Power: Revolution Without Illusion, coauthor of Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital, and a contributor to We Owe You Nothing, Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews. He cofounded the punk activist collective Positive Force DC in 1985, the senior outreach network We Are Family in 2004, as well as the Arthur S. Flemming Community Center in 2003. He remains active with those groups in addition to his work with the Justice & Service Committee of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the board of directors of the grassroots community organization Northwest One Council. He lives with his beloved Tulin Ozdeger and their two cats, Demo and Spaatz, in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
MARK JENKINS writes about music for the Washington Post, WAMU-FM’s “Metro Connection,” Blurt, and Time Out New York. He is the coauthor of Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital, and also writes about film for www.npr.org/movies and www.reeldc.com. He lives in Washington, DC.