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Celebrating D.C.'s Punk 'Salad Days'

Filmmaker Scott Crawford on the birth of hardcore in 1980s Washington.
A Fugazi show in the late 1980s
A Fugazi show in the late 1980s Jim Saah

In 2012, Scott Crawford launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project he'd already begun, a documentary about the heyday of punk music in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s. Crawford was an established music journalist and graphic designer (he edited the now-defunct Harp magazine from 2001 to 2008), and had been going to D.C. punk shows from the ripe age of 12. But he was a novice filmmaker, chronicling an obscure and, well, noisy genre of music.

That didn't dampen the Kickstarter, which blew past his $32,000 target in less than a week. It turned out that people—lots of them—were excited to revisit this underground local music scene from 30 years ago.