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It seems like only yesterday the 9:30 Club celebrated its 30th anniversary with a star-studded celebration (Henry Rollins! Scream with Dave Grohl reunion! Ted Leo! Slickee Boys reunion!). That was five years ago, if you can believe it. And now, with the 35th anniversary quickly approaching, the iconic club has announced some grand plans to celebrate: a 264-page oral and pictorial history book.
According to a release, the book will feature “never-before seen photos, stories and firsthand accounts of experiences during the 9:30 Club’s tenure from legends including D.C. icon Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord Records, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Sarah McLachlan, the Club’s current co-owners Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke and scores more.”
There won’t be another big concert with surprise reunions, but the Club is hosting a three-day World’s Fair exhibition, which will “be an all-encompassing experience highlighting the historic past and present of the 9:30 Club and chronicling 35 years of memories and memorabilia from musicians, staff and fans.” Bummer though: Free tickets for all three days of the World’s Fair, scheduled for Jan. 5, 6, and 7, are already gone. (Update: I.M.P. says they’re looking to clear more dates to extend the World’s Fair).
The book, which cost about $40, can be pre-ordered now and will ship mid-January.