‘Days’ of Our Lives

September 11, 2012

Scott Crawford created his first punk-rock fanzine when he was 12. The Silver Spring native is 40 now, and he’s still chronicling the sounds and vision of his youth. “Salad Days: The Birth of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital” is Crawford’s in-progress documentary covering an era in D.C. music that still resonates throughout the world today. (Full disclosure: Crawford and I worked together at a music magazine.)

Crawford (pictured above shooting with Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye)

and director of photography Jim Saah cover all the major old-school D.C. bands, such as Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Fugazi, but also dive into groups important to the local scene even if their national profile was never large, such as Black Market Baby and the Slickee Boys.

“Salad Days” isn’t scheduled for release until 2013, but there’s a preview trailer online that brings chills to old harDCore nerds such as myself. Unlike Crawford, I didn’t grow up in the area, but from a young age, I and so many others were deeply influenced from afar by the D.C. scene’s message of D.I.Y. empowerment.

Crawford is looking to raise $32,000 by Oct. 10. via Kickstarter. Check out the trailer and campaign here.
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