Frame of Mind
Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017
"Whether hanging out with musicians between sets or pressing up against the stage while they play, Tricarico seeks intimacy as well as energy."
"There's no shortage of visual documentation of Washington's punk scene over the years, but Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017, a new book out next week by the photographer Antonia Tricarico, evokes a lot more than memories of sweaty nights at Fort Reno. There are photos of those occasions (and they're uniformly great) but in an introductory essay, Tricarico writes that 'since the majority of the writing in music books has been done by men, I wanted to highlight the voices of women.' So Frame of Mind intersperses essays from artists including Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Cold Cold Hearts, Sex Stains), Amy Pickering (Fire Party), and Joan Jett among arresting photos of live shows and candid offstage moments."
"Plenty of documentaries, books and zines tell the stories of DC punk from the perspective of men. But why aren't more women involved in the conversation? The question struck local photographer Antonia Tricarico as she was compiling her first book...Concert photos in the book feature seminal local acts including Fugazi, Deep Lust and Priests, along with bigger touring names such as Joan Jett. Many of the photos were taken at DC-area venues, though some were shot in places around the world (including Tricarico's home country of Italy). Adding a personal touch are the 14 essays from punk's trailblazing women--including Jett and Kristina Sauvage of Coup Sauvage & the Snips."
--Washington Post Express
"Antonia Tricarico 's]...female-centric new book Frame of Mind features photographs she made at punk shows in DC and beyond from 1997 to 2017 as well as essays by women such as Joan Jett, Amy Farina, Allison Wolfe, and others."
"In Frame of Mind, photographer Antonia Tricarico collects her best shots from 1997 to 2017, centered on the DC scene. She particularly spotlights women artists: Babes in Toyland, Joan Jett, Sleater-Kinney, Patti Smith, the Gossip, and many more."
--The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club (Minnesota Public Radio)
In the late 1990s bands like Fugazi, Branch Manager, the Make-Up, Deep Lust, Quix*o*tic, Lungfish, Spirit Caravan, Scaramouche, Stinking Lizaveta, and many more were active in and around the underground music scene in Washington, DC. While those bands went on a hiatus or dissolved over the years, others inspired by them have formed, including Dead Meadow, Motorcycle Wars, the Evens, and Weird War. In Frame of Mind, all of these groups appear in over 200 powerful and evocative photos by Antonia Tricarico.
In addition to DC's homegrown offerings, Frame of Mind also features photos of other seminal and like-minded groups that passed through the city, such as the Melvins, the Ex (from the Netherlands), Uzeda (from Italy), Joan Jett, Shellac, Babes in Toyland, the Julie Ruin, L7, and Alice Bag.
Frame of Mind captures underground music through both photos and essays. While the photos include musicians of all genders, the essays are all written by women: Joan Jett, Amy Farina, Tara Jane O'Neil, Alice Bag, Allison Wolfe, Donita Sparks, Lori Barbero, and more. If women are the underground of the underground, let this book be a wake-up call for future generations to start their own awe-inspiring bands.
Akashic Books, 9781617757198, 176pp.
Publication Date: June 4, 2019