[SIGNED]: Live at the Safari Club by Shawna Kenney and Rich Dolinger

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[SIGNED]: Live at the Safari Club by Shawna Kenney and Rich Dolinger

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Live at the Safari club will be released in July, 2017.

Live at the Safari Club: A People’s History of HarDCore is the uncensored oral history of a notorious underground punk venue in the nation’s capital, told by the very bands, fans, zinesters, promoters, graffiti artists, scenesters, senators’ kids, and activists who made it happen. 

From 1988 to 1997, the Safari Club was Washington, DC’s version of New York’s iconic CBGBs. An Ethiopian restaurant by day turned-Go-Go club on Saturday nights, this windowless dive deep in the heart of the city then known as the “murder capital of the world” transformed into an all-ages venue every Sunday afternoon.

The matinee shows were packed, sometimes 400 sweaty teenagers deep, featuring the best local and touring straight edge, hardcore, punk, metal, oi, and ska bands of the time.

New York bands Sick of it All, Murphy’s Law, Bold, Earth Crisis and Gorilla Biscuits played their first DC shows on the Safari’s tiny mirrored stage. Southern California’s Chain of Strength, Insted, and Strife all breezed through at least once, while local legends Ignition, Kingface, Swiz, Battery, Damnation A.D. and Government Issue screamed for change there, as well. More mainstream artists like rapper KRS-1 and Lars Fredriksen of Rancid even popped in for gigs.

Some of the groups who played there may only be known to this subculture, but those who graced the stage in the early years of their careers include members of Rancid, the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Danzig, Bad Religion, Tom Waits’ band, Bad Brains, Hole, Motley Crue, Hatebreed, Clutch, My Morning Jacket, and more.

Live at the Safari Club allows the scene to tell its own tales—the broken arms, bruised egos, back-stabbings, riots, rip-offs, fights, lifelong friendships and love stories revolving around the music.

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