The interactive/online project Capitol of Punk of late 2006 was one of the most interesting histories of the harDCore scene. It featured a series of maps, guided tour stops, and videos for every stop, and could either be viewed on the Internet or downloaded to your video iPod for walking, much like a 21st-century version of DC’s heritage trails. Viewers can learn about venues past (d.c. space) and present (Fort Reno), plus hear Ian MacKaye’s adoration of Marion Barry and Ian Svenonius‘ assertion that D.C.’s landmarks were deliberately plotted in the shape of a pentagram. Oh, Ians!
But if you don’t have a video iPod, or you just like seeing your films on a big screen, tonight you might want to head down to the Black Cat. Capitol of Punk: Places and Stories of Hardcore in DC will be screened at the Backstage from 9 to 11. And for free! All ages, even! The scene lives on.