Less than a month after Goodnight Brooklyn: the Story of Death by Audio premiered at SXSW, there’s news of a forthcoming photo book documenting the life and slimes of the beloved Williamsburg DIY venue. Ebru Yildiz, a photographer for Bedford + Bowery’s The Regulars (also being turned into a book!) tells us her debut publication, We’ve Come So Far: The Last Days of Death By Audio comes out in August, and you can preorder it now.
Yildiz tells us the book is “a visual documentation of the final days of one of the longest-standing, most vital underground music venues in the DIY community of early 2000s NYC.” Its photos are culled “not only from the raucous concerts but also the quieter scenes from the daily lives of the people who worked and lived in the venue,” she writes. Which admittedly sounds more comprehensive than the shots we took with a disposable camera.
In 2012, Yildiz was named one of The 50 Greatest Music Photographers Right Now by Complex, which called her work “incredible” and noted that “she’s excellent at capturing a musician’s exasperation, whether on the floor, doing a guitar solo, or just drenched in sweat.” The Turkish-born Brooklynite was a fixture at DBA since the time of its opening in 2005 and basically stalked it in the month and a half after it was announced that it would close. The photos she took during that time are just part of this tome– which, true to the DIY spirit, is self-published. There’s also an oral history of the venue, told by its founders and residents. (And believe us, those founders are a chatty bunch.)
You can pre-order the book now here and you get a discount on a signed, limited-edition 8”x10” print.