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Just a Minor Threat: The Minor Threat Photographs of Glen E. Friedman


This collection includes Glen E. Friedman’s most iconic images of Minor Threat, as well as many never-before-seen photographs.

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What people are saying…

“Punk photographer Glen E. Friedman has compiled a wealth of previously unseen images for the aptly named new book Just a Minor Threat: The Minor Threat Photographs of Glen E. Friedman. Due Oct. 3 from Akashic Books, it also boasts essays from Washington D.C. underground stalwarts Guy Picciotto, Alec MacKaye and Ian Svenonius, as well as Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha.”

“Friedman’s new book, Just a Minor Threat: The Minor Threat Photographs of Glen E. Friedman, represents a near-emptying of his archive of photographs of the influential group, which featured Friedman’s now close friend Ian MacKaye on vocals . . . What it means for the music fan is an almost Kinetoscope-like document of Minor Threat shows in California, New York, and DC as well as more than a dozen photos from the shoot that produced the famous cover photo for the group’s posthumous ‘Salad Days’ EP, on the front porch of the Arlington house where MacKaye and Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson lived and ran the Dischord label. There are essays from fans like Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and Guy Picciotto, who would later join MacKaye in Fugazi . . . The book includes some terrific portraits of Minor Threat.”

Just a Minor Threat is a welcome addition to Friedman’s music photography collections. It’s been well worth the wait for one about the most influential hardcore band in punk history.”
The Battleground

“This unique collection includes Glen E. Friedman’s most iconic images of Minor Threat, as well as many never-before-seen photographs is a ‘must’ for the fans of Minor Threat and a strongly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library American Photography and 20th Century American Music History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.”
Midwest Book Review/Wisconsin Bookwatch

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

“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, DC and abroad.”
Alternative Press

“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)

For What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman

“A lively, lavishly assembled collection of Black Flag photos.”
Los Angeles Times

“This gorgeous book collects [Friedman’s] photographs chronologically, while capturing the full intensity, drama, and ethos of the group . . . For those of us who were too young to be there, this is the next best thing. These still images come to life with every turn of the page, so put on ‘Damaged’ and dig in.”
The Big Takeover

“This is an excellent hardcover art book that preserves the savage work of Friedman, Black Flag, and Raymond Pettibon.”
Punk Globe

For Dog Town: The Legend of the Z-Boys (with C.R. Stecyk III)

DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys is a stunning book that blends historic words and
reports with a photo archive that has a golden shelf in the annals of skateboarding.”
SurferToday, One of the Best Skateboard Books of All Time


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Just a Minor Threat is a book of Glen E. Friedman’s most outstanding photographs of the Washington, DC, band Minor Threat, one of the most influential hardcore punk bands in music history. While the book offers Friedman’s best-known photographs of the band, most of the pictures in this volume, shot in 1982 and ’83, have never been seen before.

The book has writing by Jello Biafra, Alec MacKaye, Guy Picciotto, Zack de la Rocha, Jamie Shanahan, and Ian F. Svenonius. Friedman’s own introduction explains how he initially met the band, and the lifelong friendships that grew from there.

The first time Friedman made pictures of Minor Threat was in Southern California early in the summer of 1982, then later on their home turf of Washington, DC. At the end of that same year, he shot them at an “explosive and uncontrollable” performance at CBGB in New York City. In addition to these, Just a Minor Threat also comprises very rare candid and posed photos of the band, including many from the same roll as the now classic “Salad Days” image on the front steps of their “Dischord House.”

Glen E. Friedman’s website.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Published: 10/3/23
  • IBSN: 9781636141367


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 one hundred record covers, countless magazine pages, and almost a dozen books, including What I See: The Black Flag Photographs, Keep Your Eyes Open, DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys, The Idealist, Recognize, My Rules, and Together Forever: The Run-DMC and Beastie Boys Photographs. His work is now included in a number of notable international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. His latest work is Just a Minor Threat. Learn more at burningflags.com.

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