Live at the Safari Club: A History of harDCcore Punk in the Nation's Capital, 1988-1998


By Shawna Kenney and Rich Dolinger
With a foreword by A.C. Thompson

An uncensored oral history of a notorious underground punk venue in the nation’s capital, told by the bands, fans, zinesters, promoters, graffiti artists, scenesters, senators’ kids and activists who made it happen.

Booked by two local and ambitious teenage girls, Shawna Kenney and Pam Gendell, who were tired of traveling to attend shows at CBGBs in New York City, the Safari Club—inside a run-down Ethiopian nightclub—became a critical space in the DC constellation of clubs. It was an all-ages, DIY club run by teenagers that organized regular matinee shows for fans of punk and hardcore for over a decade, from the late 1980s through the 1990s.

With over 200 exclusive interviews with and photos of members of Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Sick of it All, Worlds Collide, Ignition, Swiz, Avail, Rancid, Nirvana, Danzig, Bad Religion, Tom Waits’ band, Bad Brains, Hole, Hatebreed, Clutch, My Morning Jacket, and more.

Published by Rare Bird Books, 2017

Hardcover, 144 pages, b&w, 10.5 × 10.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-94-557245-6

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