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From day one (April 2005) we set out to lend voice to a subdued creative class of Richmond. RVA has succeeded in creating a brand that searches out the best artists, ideas, events, bands, photographers and culture-jammers Richmond has to offer and gives them a platform for exhibition that "gets" them.
Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking. --Richard Florida, economist and author
In a city best known for it's role in the Civil War (insert eye-rolling here,) the battle to be bigger than our past has been formidable. For generations, city leaders have banked on the faded silver of dubious honors - Capital of the Confederacy etc, and ignored the 21st (and 20th) centuries.
With world-class schools such as VCU growing organically on their own record of excellence, media giants like the Martin Agency cementing their footprint in our cobblestones, and Fortune 100 companies relocating to attract the hordes of creatives emerging here, Richmond is exploding. New construction and development is rampant in heretofore decaying downtown retail and nightlife centers.
City government has aligned itself to a more liberal, open-minded culture of inclusion and exploration. Much like Brooklyn in the late nineties and Silverlake/Echo Park in the early aughties, entire neighborhoods are being overhauled to keep up with the influx of wealthy young professionals with entertainment and fashion needs. Lofts, marinas, from-scratch entertainment districts, clubs, music venues and galleries have been sprouting like weeds, offering the promise of a sustainable population more likely to relocate to New York or Los Angeles in years past. Cultural optimism is at a high and only growing more intense.
RVA Magazine presents Strange Daze: Richmond 1980-89. This new RVA Photo Book is a document of the Richmond punk and hardcore scene in the 1980s, as photographed by the people who were there. This free special edition book features hundreds of photos capturing the music, the flyers, the kids and the chaos of the RVA punk underground. Richmond has always had a great music scene, and this era was no exception. See the local bands who first put Richmond's hardcore scene on the map: White Cross, Honor Role, Graven Image, Unseen Force, Absence of Malice, and others; as well as a special section documenting the great touring bands of the day who stopped off in Richmond: Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat, GBH, Broken Bones, and Toxic Reasons, just to name a few. Plus a special look at the earliest days of GWAR, some crazy stories about the most unforgettable characters of the era, and more!