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HARD ART DC 1979 is a photo book and traveling exhibition of early DC punk shows. We seek support for the show and to produce the book.
HARD ART DC 1979 is a photo book and traveling exhibition of early DC punk shows. We seek support for the show and to produce the book.
246 backers pledged $14,654 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates


Hi all, 

Just a quick update on your signed books + tonight's book release event at Politics & Prose here in D.C. Your copies should arrive in approximately one week. Many apologies to D.C. area people who will (likely) not receive copies by tonight's book event. Your copies are signed by Lucian & Alec but if you would like Henry's signature as well, please bring something for him to sign (a favorite show flyer perhaps?) and you can stick that in your book when it arrives. Not ideal we know but we learned of his participation in tonight's event at Politics & Prose late last week. 

Thank you again for all your support and we hope to see many of you tonight! 

All best, 

Hard Art 

Book release + tour update

Happy spring Hard Art supporters!

HARD ART DC 1979 will be released on June 4, 2013!!! Finally!! Demo copies were sent a few weeks ago and the book looks fantastic--we are so proud of it and are deeply grateful to all of you and to Akashic Books for helping us get it out into the world. Please check with your local independent bookstore or go to to order a copy. Thank you again to Dischord for agreeing to carry the book!

Our book release is coming up at Politics and Prose Bookstore here in DC! Please join us for a reading on Friday, May 17th at 7pm. Lucian + Alec will talk about the photos and answer questions...If you can't be in DC on the 17th, we're also having book events this summer in NYC, Philly + Baltimore. Please come if you can!

June 19th at 7pm @ WORD Book store, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

June 20th, 7pm, St. Mark's Bookshop, 31 3rd Avenue, NYC

Philly, Baltimore and other cities are still being confirmed....we will update the tour schedule as soon as possible!

Thank you again for all the continued support!


*For those of you receiving a book as part of your benefit package, please look out for another email soon with details about shipment and/or pick up dates if you live in the DC area.

Book + tour update!

Hello HARD ART supporters! 

Happy 2013! We started the new year by going over proofs of the book!! It looks fantastic! Release is scheduled for June 2013 with our first book party/signing on Friday, May 17th, 7pm at local DC bookstore Politics + Prose! There will also be a show at Comet Ping Pong (bands TBA) afterwards so please come if you're in DC! 

We are busy planning a traveling tour (a mix of book signings/exhibitions/punk shows/art talks) and hope to come to NY/Bklyn, LA, SF, Chicago, and (back to!) New Orleans in 2013-14. We will update you with specific dates and venues as they become known. Also, please look for an email when the book is released to update any contact information so that you can receive your book as soon as possible.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all continued support of HARD ART DC 1979. Work on the book is now done but we feel like things are just beginning for this project! 


Benefits mailing update and some very exciting news!!

Hello HARD ART supporters!

Hope this finds everyone enjoying a sweltering summer...we're working hard to mail everyone's benefits and apologize for getting them to you late. Packages will be going out Tuesday, July 10th. Please let us know if you don't receive your package soon and/or if what you receive is not what you expected. Thank you so much for your patience...!

Exciting news! Akashic Books ( is going to publish HARD ART!! We are tremendously excited and proud to be working with this fantastic, independent press. We are still working out the production schedule but the estimated pub date is September 2013. VERY EXCITING!!!!! We will be working with Akashic on a book/exhibition tour and will keep you informed as the schedule is confirmed.

Please note that because we now have a publisher, we will not be producing a limited edition version of the book. All backers will receive the full-length version when it is published signed by Lucian Perkins, Alec MacKaye + Henry Rollins! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

As always, we remain indebted to your continued support and enthusiasm for HARD ART! We could not have secured a publisher and exhibition tour without it. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

All best, 

HARD ART DC (Lucian, Jayme, Alec, Lely + Nick)


Hello supporters of HARD ART DC!!

We have had a busy couple of months and should have sent word sooner about the progress of the project. Here’s the latest:


HARD ART did not travel to Austin during SXSW but we intend to take it there as part of the tour! We are working on dates in Chicago, LA, Baltimore, Philly, Portland, OR, NYC, among other cities. We have also been asked to bring the show to Paris to show it during a film festival in September 2013 and hope we can look into more overseas show possibilities.


A final draft of the full version book is now complete and we are currently showing it to various publishers. Dischord Records has generously agreed to help with distribution. THANK YOU Dischord! We will keep you updated on our progress with publishers.


We will be sending your benefits soon! We have prints, posters and limited edition artist made books almost ready to mail but need your contact information. We sent an email via Kickstarter a few weeks ago but didn’t get a lot of responses. Please look for another email in the coming week asking for your mailing address so we can send your stuff!

For those backers who pledged $50 + up: since the actual publication of the book is not yet known, we have designed a special limited edition artist made book for you (only 250 copies are bring printed).


While we are ever grateful for the donations made to this project, we continue to need funds, particularly to be able to travel the exhibition to as many places as possible. If you are interested in making a further donation, please consider purchasing a limited edition print (gelatin silver and digital), a limited edition handmade HARD ART poster (designed by the one and only Nick Pimentel), or the exhibition catalog. Also, if you know of someone who is interested in helping to support the project, please let them know that they can still help! A complete price list and contact info is at

Thank you so much for your continued support of HARD ART DC! --Lely, Jayme, Lucian, Alec and Nick