What would music be without the almighty Bad Brains ? My first time being exposed to hardcore was from the documentary "American Hardcore" and as soon as the main riff of "Pay to Cum" came on I was fucking hooked. I threw away all of my Biggie Smalls and reggaeton CDs and went out and bought every D.C. hardcore album ever made.

What would music be without the almighty Bad Brains ? My first time being exposed to hardcore was from the documentary "American Hardcore" and as soon as the main riff of "Pay to Cum" came on I was fucking hooked. I threw away all of my Biggie Smalls and reggaeton CDs and went out and bought every D.C. hardcore album ever made.

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I met Ian MacKaye last night for the first time. Besides being one of my favorite singers for numerous of my favorite bands (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens), his music helped me appreciate D.C. even more. It's insane to think that a 45 second song that he wrote ("Straight Edge") would forever change my life but it did. I tried not to come off as a groupie and just asked for his portrait and he said yes.

I met Ian MacKaye last night for the first time. Besides being one of my favorite singers for numerous of my favorite bands (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens), his music helped me appreciate D.C. even more. It's insane to think that a 45 second song that he wrote ("Straight Edge") would forever change my life but it did. I tried not to come off as a groupie and just asked for his portrait and he said yes.

Susie J. Horgan - the local D.C. photographer that inspired me to shoot D.C. bands. She was learning photography in school when she first taking pictures of Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins while they worked at Haagen Daz in Georgetown. The photo to the right is the icon cover to The Teen Idles album, first photo showcasing straight edge. On the left are the lyrics to Minor Threat's "Straight Edge".

Susie J. Horgan - the local D.C. photographer that inspired me to shoot D.C. bands. She was learning photography in school when she first taking pictures of Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins while they worked at Haagen Daz in Georgetown. The photo to the right is the icon cover to The Teen Idles album, first photo showcasing straight edge. On the left are the lyrics to Minor Threat's "Straight Edge".

I'm a person just like you / But I've got better things to do / Than sit around and fuck my head / Hang out with the living dead / Snort white shit up my nose / Pass out at the shows / I don't even think about speed /  That's something I just don't need / I've got the straight edge /
I'm a person just like you / But I've got better things to do / Than sit around and fuck my head / Hang out with the living dead / Snort white shit up my nose / Pass out at the shows / I don't even think about speed /  That's something I just don't need / I've got the straight edge /
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Curator Roger Gastman
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D.C. Artist Rose Jaffe

D.C. Artist Rose Jaffe

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Artist/Designer Jessica Louise

Artist/Designer Jessica Louise

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Josef Palermo and Photographer Liz Gorman

Josef Palermo and Photographer Liz Gorman

* Taken at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

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