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Talk and Book Signing: Banned in DC with Cynthia Connolly

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Check out the stories and images from Banned in DC, one of the first published books on punk of its kind.

Enjoy a talk from Cynthia Connolly from 6:30-7:15pm, and book signing and buttonmaking from 7:15-8:00pm.

Photographer and curator Cynthia Connolly is the co-author, publisher and distributor of Banned in DC. Banned in DC, originally published in 1988. It illustrates and documents the now legendary punk scene of Washington D.C. with hundreds of photos and flyers and stories about the bands, the venues and the people who populated the shows. This particular scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to be an influence on many regional punk scenes around the world.

For this talk, Cynthia will share her stories, images, some from the book and additional images of ephemera in a quick paced slide show that will tell the story of growing up in Los Angeles where she discovered both art and underground punk music as her calling, and how she got involved in the “scene.” The story unfolds in 1981, with a relocation to Washington, DC where she is involved with a very small group of kids who contributed and created a world-wide inspirational music movement like no other. She explains the DIY process for self-publishing the Banned in DC book, the importance of creating and supporting community and how it informs her work as an artist and curator even to today.

The book will be for sale, a book signing of the 7th edition (with a new afterword) and button making with copies of Cynthia’s fliers from the early 80s as well as local flyers courtesy of Streetlight Records follows the talk.

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