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.
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.
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 /