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Fugazi and The Evens frontman Ian MacKaye is a punk-rock icon, yeah, but he’s also one hell of an archivist. In addition to building a vast collection of physical media, MacKaye has also digitized tons of it and made it accessible to the public through Dischord Records and projects like the Fugazi Live Series. So it’s no surprise his work caught the attention of the Library of Congress, which has asked him to give a talk about his work collecting and archiving D.C. music and punk culture. While the digital age makes it easier to hold on to, well, everything, it’s pretty tough to figure out what to keep and how to keep it when you have mountains of media stored on dozens of devices. But MacKaye might say it’s worth it—you never know what may wind up becoming a cultural artifact.
Ian MacKaye speaks at 6 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5000. loc.gov.