Ian Mackaye photographed by Amy Farina

Ian Mackaye

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Hometown: Washington, DC (USA)


Born Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye (pronounced /məˈkaɪ/) (born April 16, 1962), is an American singer and guitarist. Active since 1979, MacKaye is best known for being the frontman of the influential hardcore punk band Minor Threat, and the alternative rock bands Embrace, Fugazi, and The Evens. He is a co–founder and co–owner of Dischord Records, a Washington, D.C.–based independent record label, along with Jeff Nelson.

A key figure in the development of hardcore punk and an enthusiastic promoter of an independent–minded, do it yourself punk ethic, MacKaye also worked as a recording engineer, and produced releases by 7 Seconds, Nation of Ulysses, Bikini Kill, Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty and Rollins Band. Along with his seminal band Minor Threat, he is credited with coining the term "straight edge", though he has stated many times that he did not intend to turn it into a movement.

Related Bands

Embrace, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Pailhead, Teen Idles, The Evens


Ian Mackaye live in Ames, IA

Ian Mackaye

live in Ames, IA (2002)

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Video and audio of Ian Mackaye presentation at Loyala University

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