I first heard Minor Threat in 1985 when I had been skateboarding and listening to punk and hardcore for a year. I was quickly becoming more confident, outspoken, and energized by D.I.Y. culture, and I was voraciously hungry for things that fuelled my emotional and intellectual evolution. Minor Threat was rocket fuel for my journey. Not only is their music a ferocious explosion of energy, but their playing is tight, and Ian MacKaye’s lyrics are intelligent and provocative. On top of that, Minor Threat created their own label, Dischord Records, to put out their music as well as records by other D.C. bands. Minor Threat and Dischord are profound influences on me, so I was very excited to collaborate with Glen on a Minor Threat print to celebrate the release of his new book “Just a Minor Threat.” Glen has the most intimate and powerful photos of Minor Threat, so it was possible to craft an illustration with strong images of all the band members. I’m also incredibly grateful to have the blessing of the members of Minor Threat.
Minor Threat is obviously one of the great foundations of hardcore punk rock. Inspiration for legions around the world, including Shepard and myself. As we’ve done with my last several books, Shepard and I got together and collaborated to make a print celebrating the release of the new publication. Shepard is one of my designing confidants and often gives me advice during my process of bookmaking so it makes sense that once the project comes to fruition, we enthusiastically make these prints of artists that inspire both of us. This print is based on separate images of each individual in the band as well as the always omnipresent audience that were a major part of incredible Minor Threat gigs. The book came out great and is different from previous books; it has its own voice, not only through the trove of never-before-seen photographs but also through the incredible essays throughout. Be inspired.
–Glen E. Friedman
Just a Minor Threat. 24 x 18 inches. Screen print on thick cream Speckletone paper. Original Illustration based on a photograph by Glen E. Friedman. Signed by Shepard Fairey and Glen E. Friedman. Numbered edition of 550. Comes with a Digital Certificate of Authenticity provided by Verisart. $85. Available on Thursday, October 5th @ 10 AM PDT at https://store.obeygiant.com. Max order: 1 per customer/household. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery (Except UK orders under $160). ALL SALES FINAL.