Ian MacKaye at Library of Congress Tuesday, May 7

Fugazi and The Evens frontman Ian MacKaye is a punk-rock icon, yeah, but he’s also one hell of an archivist. In addition to building a vast collection of physical media, MacKaye has also digitized tons of it and made it accessible to the public through Dischord Records and projects like the Fugazi Live Series. So it’s no surprise his work caught the attention of the Library of Congress, which has asked him to give a talk about his work collecting and archiving D.C. music and punk culture. While the digital age makes it easier to hold on to, well, everything, it’s pretty tough to figure out what to keep and how to keep it when you have mountains of media stored on dozens of devices. But MacKaye might say it’s worth it—you never know what may wind up becoming a cultural artifact.

Ian MacKaye speaks at 6 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5000. loc.gov.

Our Readers Say

Let's not forget Minor Threat!
Would love to see a video of this in the coming days
Speaking is cool...
BUT IAN NEEDS TO BE SINGING WITH MINOR THREAT !!!
ENOUGH ALREADY !!! GIVE US A TOUR !!! FUK ARCHIVING !!! ITS ALL ABOUT SLAM DANCING AND STAGE DIVING !!!
FUK Oiii !!!
really?the dudes 51 years old.no body wants to see that.least of all him.keith morris still does it just to keep up on his healthcare bills.leave him some dignity ya kids.minor threat were amazing,so was fugazi.now go watch and listen to bands that sound like them,be happy you have the internet to allow you to go back and even look at that stuff.
slam dancing and stage diving is one of the reason minor threat broke up to begin with...

i would love to see video of this talk or at least read what he has to say. Archiving is one of things I'm having a hard time with and would love some tips, especially from Ian.
Minor Threat is amazing. Nothing pumps me up more then blasting some "Filler" while i go for my morning runs. Fugazi was great too
Minor Threat was great, but Fugazi was incredibly overrated. They get this nonsense tag of creating DIY, yet Black Flag was doing it before Minor Threat existed. Dangerhouse Records was doing DIY releases in the 70s, so Dischord getting a title of creating something is a crock. Hardcore existed before Ian Mackaye was into it, Bad Brains & The Middle Class both had releases in 79 that had the power & intensity of later hardcore.
Minor Threats time has passed.Bad Brains in 79 were the best---79-81-after that-they went downhill.There is no way-ever-Minor Threat will play again-Ian would not do it-and Black Flag doing it is ridiculous.FLAG sounds like crap.

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