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Out of Step: Washington D.C. Punk Interviews (Left of the Dial Books) is a tribute to the potent underground music scene of Washington D.C., which bridged zealous, era-defining musical power with political and social consciousness. It archives Ensminger’s collection of interviews and gig reviews from the last thirty years, including some original DIY layouts from his primitive fanzines. Designed by Welly of Artcore fame, the book highlights bands and pioneers that have shaped the sensibilities and styles of the East Coast. Plus, it probes history, politics, art, and much more. It includes lengthy conversations with Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat, 3), Alec MacKaye (the Faith, Ignition, the Warmers), J. Robbins (Government Issue, Jawbox), Chris Thomson (Soulside, Circus Lupus, Monorchid), Mark Anderson (Positive Force), John Stabb (Government Issue). Fred Smith (Beefeater, Strange Boutique), Bobby Sullivan (Soulside, Rain Like the Sound of Trains), and more!

David Ensminger is a college instructor and the author of several books covering both American roots music and punk rock history — Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2011), Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins (Univ. of Texas Press, 2013), Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons (PM Press, 2013), and Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). His book The Politics of Punk was published by Rowman and Littlefield in Aug. 2016, while Out of the Basement: Punk in Rockford, IL, 1973-2005 was published in March 2017 by Microcosm Press. Currently, his chapter on the film Repo Man (“Looking for a Joke With a Microscope: The Intersection of Punk and Humor in Repo Man”) was featured in the new Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor. Both The Boston Globe and The Economist have highlighted his research; meanwhile, he writes for both academic and popular press publications like Art in Print, Razorcake, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Houston Press, Trust (Germany), Artcore (Britain), and Maximum Rocknroll.

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