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01 Aug '19

Glen E. Friedman Talks to Fugazi's Guy Picciotto about "Keep Your Eyes Open"

Posted by Mike Padua in Interviews, Videos

This video is a conversation between photographer Glen E. Friedman and Guy Piccioto of Fugazi, at an event celebrating the newly released second edition of Friedman's book of Fugazi photographs, "Keep Your Eyes Open."

You can buy the 2nd edition of "Keep Your eyes Open" here: 

http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/keep-your-eyes-open/

Growing up, I became a huge fan of the band Fugazi. Being "Ian Mackaye's band AFTER Minor Threat," I knew I had to check them out. I dutifully bought each record one by one, as funds allowed. Back then, in the mid-90s I was buying vinyl, for a couple of reasons. The first: it was cool! I can't say I was an audiophile because I had the crappiest old turntable I could afford that I bought used at a record store along with the cheapest little speakers. The second reason: it was a time when CDs ruled the world as the choice medium of music delivery technology, and vinyl was CHEAPER!

The best punk and hardcore records, and pretty much anything else, could be found in the dusty vinyl bins of places like Rasputin and Tower Records for just a few bucks a pop. Rarely did I pay more than $5.00 for a record.

Fugazi even became a huge influence on my own band(s) that I would form with my friends.

And then there were the photographs. Guy Picciotto doing impossible-looking flips, Ian Mackaye with his Gibson SG, yelling into the microphone, all captured and frozen in time by Glen E. Friedman's lens and sharp eye.

In 2007, Friedman released "Keep Your Eyes Open," a  collection of photographs he made of Fugazi from the beginning of the band, all through to their last show on US soil, with so many shots of on-stage performances and off-stage, in-between moments of the band's life.

The book had since gone out of print. But, in July of 2019, under a new publisher, it was newly re-released with new photos and a new interview with Ian Mackaye. Upon the books new release, Friedman and Picciotto participated in an interview at Rough Trade Brooklyn, which is presented in the video above. To say that the interview is special to me is an understatement...but to make things a little more special, Friedman is wearing a ShootFilmCo shirt! My head may have exploded a little.

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