|Ian MacKaye at work. |
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In a unpublished interview with Mother Jones senior editor Michael Mechanic, MacKaye recalled a mid-1980s visit to Dischord HQ by Dead Kennedys' frontman Jello Biafra, who noticed MacKaye's massive collection of hundreds of tapes of DC bands. "He saw that shelf, and he said, 'What sets Washington apart from the rest of the country is that you guys documented everything.'"MacKaye is a bit like a blogger in this regard. Does his own thing, says what he wants to say, does it on his own schedule, his own terms, and everything gets kept. Dischord may just be scraping by, but it's intact. Its integrity is intact.