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Formed in Columbia, Maryland in 1980 by Bubba Dupree, Sean Finnegan, Chris Stover, and John Weiffenbach, Void created a singularly brutal and agonistic sound that merged the ferocity of hardcore with the sonic textures of metal. Void was famed for their live performances, with Alec MacKaye of the Faith remarking that “seeing them live was like throwing a garbage can down a flight of stairs. It was insane.” Void’s 1982 split LP with the Faith on Dischord remains one of the most influential recordings of the early hardcore era.

Drawn from the Paul Bushmiller collection on punk, the Sharon Cheslow Punk Flyers collection, the D.C. punk collection, and the D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine collection at Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.

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