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Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman


A second edition of the definitive photo book of one of the most influential rock bands of the past forty years, including brand-new, exclusive material.

Limited number of books signed by Glen E. Friedman available! Select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and add to cart! OR, for a 25% discount off list price, please select “Unsigned.”

Price: $35.00

What people are saying…

“Friedman also wrote the recently rereleased photo book on the crucial straight-edge punk band Fugazi, Keep Your Eyes Open, featuring a new interview with frontman Ian MacKaye.”
Los Angeles Times

“Photographer Glen E. Friedman has taken some of the most iconic photos in skateboarding, punk rock and hip hop. Known for capturing the raw energy of a counterculture generation in its prime, his photography helped shape the way people view punk music and redefined the sport of skateboarding.”
q (CBC Radio)

“Friedman . . . marvelously captures [Fugazi’s] non-hierarchical structure and spirit . . . These images bristle with the manic yet controlled energy that characterized all of Fugazi’s performances. Sweat sparkles, bodies contort themselves, microphone stands fly off the stage.”

“This new and expanded edition features an additional interview with MacKaye and Friedman, and, much to the relief of Fugazi and photography fans, is far easier to get hold of. With almost 200 photos to gawk at, it’s an absolute treat for the senses . . . If it were possible for pictures to trigger your senses, you would smell the stale sweat, feel the dry mouth from a lack of hydration, hear every line being belted out in full force.”

“It is . . . a testament to Friedman that his live stage shots express the intimacy of the moment but don’t insert themselves nor distract from the band . . . Keep Your Eyes Open is its most successful when Friedman lets the photographs bloom in their richness with full page presentations.”
New York Journal of Books

“But the main focus in this photo book, is—of course—the photos. Almost 200 color and b/w images captured by Friedman onstage and off between 1986 and Fugazi’s last US concert in 2002.”
Trust (Germany)

“Perhaps the definitive visual chronicle of Fugazi’s decade and a half storming stages, Friedman’s Keep Your Eyes Open was first published in 2007. Now, the book is back in print with a new afterword by Friedman and a joint interview with the photographer and MacKaye.”
The Current’s Rock and Roll Book Club (Minnesota Public Radio)

“While most photographers were taking photos of Fugazi, Glen was making photos with us.”
—Ian MacKaye, Fugazi

“Everyone knows the old saying, ‘A picture’s worth a 1,000 words.’ It couldn’t be more true with this pictorial retrospective of Fugazi, one of the most influential rock bands from the 20th century. Fugazi’s career and DIY ethic are captured in photographs of gigs from their hometown of Washington, D.C. and abroad.”
Alternative Press


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Fugazi, one of music’s most revolutionary and gloriously indefinable bands, played their first concert on September 3, 1987. The first edition of Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman was released by Burning Flags Press exactly twenty years later. This revised edition features brand-new photos and an interview with Friedman and Fugazi singer/guitarist Ian MacKaye.

Keep Your Eyes Open presents the best of Friedman’s unparalleled photographic documentation of Fugazi’s members in almost 200 color and black-and-white images captured by Friedman onstage and off between 1986 and Fugazi’s last US concert in 2002.

Fugazi evolved from Washington, DC’s, hardcore punk scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. While it would be impossible to fully capture Fugazi in any one medium, Friedman’s book effectively complements the band’s Dischord Records catalog, which includes seven studio albums, one soundtrack, three EPs, and hundreds of live concert CDs produced from Fugazi’s own soundboard recordings.

Fugazi—a band dedicated to democratic self-management, highlighted by complete artistic and financial control—booked its own tours worldwide, and was often the first band to perform in unconventional venues around the world in order to maintain ticket prices that averaged just five dollars, a practice that opened many new venue doors to other touring artists. In addition, Fugazi has never marketed or licensed its name or likeness for posters, T-shirts, pins, or other ancillary merchandise. Fugazi’s unwavering respect for its audience is one of the band’s most indelible marks on modern music. The band went on indefinite hiatus in late 2002.

Listen to an interview with Glen E. Friedman at q (CBC Radio)

Read an interview with Glen E. Friedman at New Noise Magazine.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Published: 7/1/19
  • IBSN: 9781617757006
  • e-IBSN: 9781617757327


GLEN E. FRIEDMAN, one of the most important photographers of his generation, is known for his influential and iconic images of rebellious artists from classic skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. As a true artist his process was much more incendiary than it was documentary. Friedman, first published at the age of fourteen, has produced over 100 record covers, countless magazine pages, and almost a dozen books, including DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys and Keep Your Eyes Open. His work is now included in a number of notable international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

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