Producer Roger Gastman & Friends Introduces Another Side of Washington DC

Pump Me Up, The Legend of Cool Disco Dan, and DC Funk-Punk Throwback Jam

(Washington, DC – January 30, 2013) Friday, February 22nd– Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 at Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 is the place to be for Pump Me Up private and media only pre-view show at 7:00-8:00pm. The public show and opening night starts at 8:00-10:00pm and runs February 23 – April 7, 2013.

This special event, presented by Washington City Paper and the Corcoran Contemporaries, embraces D.C. 1980’s subculture with exhibition curator Roger Gastman and DJ Henry Rollins. It’s the first exhibition to explore the thriving underground, giving visual form to the raucous energy of graffiti, Go-Go music, and a world-renowned punk and hardcore scene.

Moreover, this gallery opening night marks the book release date of Pump Me Up, which covers the exhibit and expands on The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan documentary with extra behind the scene material. Event info can be found at the following link and will be updated throughout the show:

Saturday, February 23rd– AFI Silver Theater at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 will hold the world premiere of The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan documentary and one-night media celebration at 8:00-11:00pm.

Discover the “other” Washington of the 1980s through the story of legendary graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan, a mysterious, ubiquitous presence during the height of go-go music, record crime rates and citywide dysfunction. Few people knew every block of the city like Dan, and as intrigue about his identity grew, his scrawl became a unifying force for a city on the verge of chaos. Narrated by DC native Henry Rollins and featuring interviews with “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry, civil rights activist Rev. Walter Fauntroy, punk rock historian and activist Mark Andersen and musicians Chuck Brown and Ian MacKaye, this documentary from filmmakers Joseph Pattisall and Roger Gastman (Producer, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP) tells a fascinating chapter of DC history.

Two days after the trailer premiere on YouTube (, the movie premiere sold out.  However, AFI added a public showing at

10:45pm.  The media are invited for the 8:00 pm show – and the public can purchase tickets at:

Sunday February 24th– 9:30 Club at 815 V Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001 presents DC Funk-Punk Throwback Jam at 3:00pmThis is a unique concert celebrating all sides of the Washington DC music scene with sets by Trouble Funk, Scream, Shady Groove, Black Market Baby, DJ Kool, Junkyard, Youth Brigade, Static Disruptors, Worlds Collide, w/ Special Guests Stinky Dink, DJ Tommy B and more. Hosted by Henry Rollins.  Tickets available at the following website:


About Roger Gastman

Roger Gastman began writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland. Since then, he has founded and published the pop culture magazines While You Were Sleeping and Swindle, with Shepard Fairey, and authored a dozen graffiti art books including The History of American Graffiti (with Caleb Neelon; Harper Collins, 2011). In 2011, he curated, with Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose, the exhibition Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gastman’s film production credits include Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop, and the graffiti documentary Wall Writers, and he is currently directing a documentary for Sanrio/ Hello Kitty on the history of the brand and its fans.

About Joseph Pattisall

Joseph Pattisall started making films as a teenager in Alexandria, Virginia. Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area he found his way into the D.C. music scene and started using his talents to document subculture ranging from harDCore music to hip hop and graffiti. This quickly crossed over into doing music videos for the bands Joseph had built relationships with over the years. He has directed over 40 music videos for labels such as Epitaph, Bridge 9, Equal Vision and Victory Records airing on MTV, MTV2, BET, and FUSE and has over 20 years of non- fiction documentary filmmaking and advertising video experience.

About Caleb Neelon

Caleb Neelon was born in 1976 in Boston and is based in neighboring Cambridge. His paintings and installation artwork have appeared in venues such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, deCordova Museum, Laguna Beach Art Museum, Dafen Art Museum of Shenzhen, as mu- rals on walls in Kathmandu, Reykjavik, Tegucigalpa, Bermuda, Istanbul, Calcutta, São Paulo, across Europe, as well as numerous hospitals and schools. Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, his first artist monograph, is a 2009 release from Gingko Press. Caleb is co-author (with Roger Gastman) of the landmark 2011 HarperCollins book The History of American Graffiti, and is also co-author of Graffiti Brasil, Street World, and an author or collaborator on nearly a dozen other books.

About Iley Brown

Iley Brown is a D.C. native. He’s a writer/producer, archivist, community organizer, and vol- unteer for social change via green technologies. He was an extra in crowd scenes for both urban cult film favorites “Wild Style” and “Beat Street” and was a DJ on-air and in clubs in the UK and France. Iley has worked in Promotions, A&R in Los Angeles and New York for CBS Sony, Motown, and Virgin Records. He wrote for DJ Pool mag TRAX, Free and Touch maga- zine, UK, and was the editor of KACE magazine. He has been involved with the highly anticipated Fela Kuti documentary slated for release in 2014.


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