After nearly 10 years out of production, Banned In DC is finally back in print. It was thought that the sixth edition – which was released in 2005 – would be the final version of the book, because of the deteriorated state of the negatives. But author Cynthia Connolly decided to undertake the laborious task of recreating the book, hewing as closely as possible to the original design only this time as a permanent digital negative.
As one of the first books to be published on punk in the US, the intention of Banned in DC was to capture the feeling and energy of the movement, using stories from the likes of Minor Threat, Faith, Marginal Man, Scream, Red C, Bad Brains, Nuclear Crayons, Insurrection, Hate from Ignorance, G. I., Bloody Mannequin Orchestra, Void, Second Wind, and loads more. With this seventh edition, Connolly has added an 8-page afterword explaining how and why the book came together, with a story that highlights years growing up in Los Angeles in the late ’70s and early ’80s, going to shows and discovering and documenting the punk scene in DC after her family relocated to the area in 1981.
Find it over at Dischord.