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Pick of the day: 30 years of D.C. rock

When your target audience is people in their teens and 20s, it's a tall order to create an institution that endures for decades. But the District's 9:30 Club has managed to stay edgy and accessible enough for 30 years to be what many in the concert industry consider the most successful club in the country. In the cover story in Sunday's Post Magazine, former music critic J. Freedom du Lac, now a member of the paper's Enterprise team, delivers a riveting oral history of the 9:30, but if you experience the story through its web version, you'll not only read the full text, but also see interviews with some of the key players in the club's history, artifacts from throughout those years, and clips from concerts.

The web package, designed by The Post's Kat Downs, has just the right feel for this story, and du Lac has spoken to everyone from fans to musicians to the club's founders and owners, weaving together a story about the Washington that too often gets lost because journalists adopt the demonstrably incorrect view that most people in the D.C. area care more about politics and government than do folks in other parts of the country.

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By Marc Fisher  | April 19, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  9:30 Club, Music, Music critic, Oral history, Post Magazine, Seth Hurwitz, j. Freedom duLac  
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