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Ian Mackaye  

Musician and Co-Founder of Dischord Records; Best Known for Being the Frontman of the Punk Bands Minor Threat, Embrace, and Fugazi

Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, label owner, and producer. Active since 1979, MacKaye is best known for being the frontman of the influential hardcore punk bands Minor Threat, the post-hardcore bands Embrace and Fugazi, as well as The Evens, and member of The Teen Idles.

He is a co-founder and owner of Dischord Records, a Washington, D.C.-based independent record label.

A key figure in the development of hardcore punk, straightedge, and an independent-minded, do it yourself punk ethic, MacKaye also works as a producer, and has produced releases by Q and Not U, John Frusciante, 7 Seconds, Nation of Ulysses, Bikini Kill, Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, and Rollins Band among others. Along with his seminal band Minor Threat, he is credited with coining the term "straight edge" to describe a personal ideology that promotes independence by countering the popular appeal of drug and alcohol abuse, though MacKaye has stated many times that he did not intend to turn it into a movement.

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Ian MacKaye on the New Crop of D.C. Hardcore Docs, Resurging ...

"I am totally comfortable with it, I'm just talking," says Ian MacKaye, the 52-year- old D.C. Ur-punk. He is speaking from the Dischord label offices in Arlington, VA,  ...

Just Asking: Ian MacKaye of Fugazi and the Evens - The ...

Ian MacKaye, 52, is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who founded punk bands including Minor Threat and Fugazi. Since 2003 he has been performing with his ...

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At age 14, the Foo Fighters frontman and former drummer of Nirvana sent a letter to one of his music idols, rocker Ian MacKaye, then the frontman of popular ...

Dave Grohl's brilliant fan mail to punk legend Ian Mackaye from ...

Instead, an unabashed 14-year-old Grohl was more interested in finding out if punk legend Ian Mackaye could give him a leg up into the music industry, judging  ...

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