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Minor Threat

This nOde last updated December 17th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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Members: 1980 - fall of 1983

Minor Threat
Out Of Step


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Minor Threat with Henry Garfield aka Henry Rollins

I always tell people, music is a form of communication that predates internal linklanguage, straight up. It's been around forever. And it wasn't until about the turn of the century that they figured out a way to bottle the internal linkwater, you know? Before that, music was a river. It was a river and everyone could sip from that river. But then someone came along with the idea that, "Hey, we can bottle this, and we can sell this water." And people were like, "Well, that's kind of cool, that's convenient, because I can take it home with me, or I can put it in my pocket and take it on a walk and have something to drink," which is fine. That's a reasonable industry, to go ahead and put some water in a bottle and sell it. That's fine. But the problem is when they start trying to discourage people from going to the river, or trying to close the river, or even worse, poison the river -- then it's not all right. Then it stinks.

And, for me, music is not an industry. Music is internal linknot even entertainment. Music is not just a soundtrack. Music is part of life. It is a straight-up form of communication, and it resides in every person in the world. And that's where I'm coming from in terms of music. That's exactly the world that I want to be… that's what I want to lean toward. It's sort of like clothes -- you live in a cold climate in a country that has these kinds of internal linklaws that you have to wear pants all the time, but basically, they're fairly artificial, they're a bizarre thing when you think about it. If you think about it, the whole deal is weird -- why does everyone have to wear clothes all the time? But that's the context in which I exist. I can appreciate [it] and I can go on with that. At the same time, when it comes to music, there are certain elements of what we do with music that are just distasteful. If people see music as just a living, they're just screwed. They're just gonna make something that's not music, in my opinion. But there are plenty of other people out there who are making incredible music who are not even thinking about money, and that's really where you're gonna find all the new ideas. It's always in the internal linkfree space.

- Ian MacKaye - interview with Mike Watt of Minutemen/fIREHOSE

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Chuck Dukowski from Black Flag said that he'd rather work a day job for the rest of his life than be dependent on his music for his living. That was in a _Damaged_ magazine article called "Apocalypse Now". That quote fucking blew me away. It hit me exactly where I lived.

 - Ian MacKaye - interview (internal link2001)



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More Of The Monkees 12inch on Sundazed (1967)

 



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hacker - MINOR THREAT (1972-Present)- Former member of internal linkPublic Enemy (the internal linkhacker group, not the band). Co-programmer of ToneLoc (with Mucho Maas), which he began in 1990. Available at mthreat@paranoia.com. [Handle comes from the name of an early internal link1980s DC hardcore internal linkpunk band.]

Public Enemy ca. 1987 photo by Glen E. Friedman

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