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Positively Punk Street: A Walking Tour of Ward 1’s Punk-Rock Past

Beyond its dive bars, renovated rowhouses, and liquor stores, Ward 1 has long occupied a distinguished place in D.C.’s punk-rock history. Few people know more about that history than Mark Andersen, who with Mark Jenkins wrote the book about it: Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital. Andersen, also the co-founder of activist group Positive Force D.C., leads occasional free tours of D.C.’s most prominent punk-rock landmarks. He hasn’t firmed up a date for his next tour, but anyone interested in, say, Irving Street NW’s past as a Riot Grrrl stronghold should contact Andersen at to find out the date of the next one. He’ll even soundtrack the walk.

This graphic originally misidentified 18th St. NW as Adams Mill Road NW. It has been updated.

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  • Matt Dunn

    According to co-author Mark Jenkins, Adams Morgan was on 2318 18th Street, NW.

  • alex

    i was a huge fan of dc punk. but this sort of thing, along with the dozens of books, documentaries, websites about the punk scenes across the kind of getting to me.


  • Toni Boyd

    I SOOOO remember these venues! Great shows at the St. Stephens Church. Remember the God thumpers standing on the steps with a megaphone telling us we were all going to Hell? Unbelievable shows at the Wilson Center. I was AT the Clash show at Ontario.....backstage even....
    Great memories....

  • TS

    then just ignore them...