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Travis Jackson, Points Drummer and Windian Records Founder, Killed in Collision

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Travis Jackson, who drummed in the explosive D.C. garage-punk band The Points and founded Windian Records, was killed last night in an accident on Suitland Parkway in Southeast. He was 34.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Jackson, was working at a construction site on Suitland Parkway when an eastbound BMW SUV collided with a parked truck that had a portable light trailer attached to it. Upon impact, the light trailer rotated and struck Jackson, who was standing next to the truck. Jackson was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where he was pronounced dead. Eric Brady, who helped Jackson run his record label and spoke with his family today, confirmed that the Travis Jackson who was killed was his colleague.

From their founding in the mid-2000s to their breakup in 2010, Jackson's band The Points was D.C.'s most dynamic party-punk band, with Ramones-style rippers and a reputation for onstage antics. (Not for nothing did the song "Rock N Roll No Rules" become their anthem.) The Points were also the house band of the now-defunct Fight Club D.C., an underground skate park located in a warehouse in Shaw.

As The Points wound down, Jackson helped galvanize a growing garage-rock scene in the District by founding Windian in 2009—he told City Paper he started the vinyl label because he wanted to release some old Points songs—and hosting annual showcases for the city's scuzziest groups. (Instead of organizing a South by Southwest concert in Austin in 2011, he instead put together a "Fuck SXSW" show in D.C.) The Windian roster included groups like Title TracksThe Shirks,The CheniersMaybe Baby, and Richmond's Ar-Kaics, and was a crucial source of reissues for lost punk bands from across the country, including Syracuse's The Penetrators.

Jackson was an enthusiastic promoter of the groups in his stable, whom he plugged in his signature all-caps emails. One of Jackson's last Facebook updates captured his joie de vivre. "WORK HARD, STAY FOCUSED," he wrote. "AND EARN EVERYTHING."

A memorial fund has been set up for Jackson's wife and one-year-old son at fundrazr.com.

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Comments

  1. #1

    What a shame. People slow the fuck down! Those are real people out there on the street.

  2. #2

    Thank you for giving this man the praise he deserves. My heart goes out to his beautiful family and loved ones.

  3. #3

    Had many great adventures with Travis. A truly wonderful person. This really sucks. Rip in Peace Travis

  4. #4

    I never met Travis, but I run a label similar to his, and had a great deal of respect for his dedication and vision. The guy clearly had exquisite taste and knew exactly what he was doing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  5. #5

    I can't believe this.. We will miss you Cobra.

  6. #6

    Tragedy ...so many hearts are broken. His beautiful family and freinds are in my thought....Travis kicked ass!
    ^^Corky is right))))

  7. #7

    I am in Los Angeles now but damn it if a DC rocker made a mark like Travis Jackson. Not only on stage but any time you ran into him he was a superb human being. A genius largely undiscovered in the commercial world that far too often fails to reward very deserving talent. From a former tour accountant of bands like Echo and The Bunnymen and New Order among others.

  8. #8

    he was my cousin and we love and miss him so much

  9. #9

    Still can't believe this happened. I was in The Points with him for 2 years, it was definitely a wild and crazy ride. He will be greatly missed.

  10. #10

    A Heavy Loss for Our D.I.Y scene!

    My condolences to the Family our Brother Jackson, the DC Punk Scene, and may Goodness Bless Us All!

    Much Love,

    Head-Roc

  11. #11

    R.I.P.

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