HOT BLAST: A punk rocker's version of "In my day ..."
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Ian Mackaye (Image courtesy of Dischord Records)
Ian Mackaye (Image courtesy of Dischord Records)
We stumbled across this Library of Congress webcast with Ian Mackaye, a legendary punk rocker known for not participating in the usual excesses - drugs, booze, overpriced tickets - of the rock world. In one part of the discussion from early May, Mackaye mentions how one of his early bands - the Teen Idles - made its first record in 1980, an era well before digital recording was placed into the hands of everyone with a laptop or a mobile phone.

None of our parents are from the music business. We had no idea how to make a record. So we just asked one friend of ours who had done -- had put out a record and said, 'How do you do that?'He said, 'Well here's a phone number. Call them.'So we called National Record Productions in Nashville, Tennessee, and they said, 'Just send us a tape and send us a check for $500.'Okay. Got a money order, sent it down there.Then we took a -- it's a 7-inch record; we took apart a picture sleeve from England and pulled it apart to see how it was configured. ...So we just opened it up, we sketched it on an 11 by 17 piece of paper and then we put our own art into that. We just laid it out on there then we took that to a print shop and said, 'Can you give us a thousand of these?'Which the guy ran them off -- in a week we picked them up. 11-by-17 pieces of paper with this weird shaped art and then using scissors and glue, we cut and folded every one of those record sleeves.

That is the way Dischord Records worked for the first 10,000 records. By hand, cut and folded every one of those sleeves.

That my friends is the record industry. That is the true record industry."

-- Bob Davis
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