Fugazi, one of music s most revolutionary and gloriously indefinable bands, played their first concert on September 3, 1987.
KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman will be released by Burning Flags Press exactly 20 years later. The 112-page, 9 x11 hardcover book presents the best of Friedman's unparalleled photographic documentation of Fugazi s members in almost 200 color and black & white images captured by Friedman onstage and off between 1986 and Fugazi s last U.S. concert in 2002.
As Fugazi s Ian MacKaye explains, While most photographers were taking photos of Fugazi, Glen was making photos with us.
Fugazi evolved from Washington, DC s hardcore punk scene of the late 1970s and early 80s. While it would be impossible to fully capture Fugazi in any one medium, Friedman s book effectively complements the band s Dischord Records catalog, including seven studio albums, one soundtrack, three EPs and 30 concert CDs produced from Fugazi s own soundboard recordings.
Fugazi s dedication to democratic self-management, including complete artistic and financial control, has allowed the band to offer direct-mail service of its music catalog and the catalogs of many other artists from MacKaye s own Dischord Records for an average of $10 per title. On indefinite hiatus since late 2002, Fugazi also directly booked its tours worldwide, and was often the first band to perform in unconventional venues around the world in order to maintain ticket prices that averaged $5 and rarely hit $8, a practice that opened many new venue doors to other touring artists. In addition, Fugazi has never marketed or licensed its name or likeness for posters, t-shirts, pins or other ancillary merchandise items. Fugazi s unwavering respect for its audience is one of the band s most indelible marks on modern music.