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Photo by: Lucian Perkins/Akashic Books | Hard Art DC 1979

All photos by Lucian Perkins from Hard Art DC 1979 (Akashic Books).

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post photographer Lucian Perkins has turned his lens on everything from the high fashion runway to the Persian Gulf War, but it so happens he also shot the heck out of D.C.'s young punk scene on one night in 1979. Akashic Books has just published Hard Art DC 1979 which features live shots of punks and punk bands (Bad Brains, Teen Idles, Slickee Boys, Untouchables, Trenchmouth) at a seminal concert at the Hard Art gallery. Young punk of the era Alec MacKaye contributes the narrative text and there's a piece by Henry Rollins, too. Call it a must for the D.C. punk historians out there. For a bit of context, the Washington Post has a great piece on the September, 1979 show documented in the book.

Hard Art is on sale at Akashic Books for $18.

Hard Art featuring Lucian Perkins, Alex MacKaye, and special guests hits Brooklyn's Word bookstore on June 19 and NYC's St. Marks Bookshop on June 20.