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Ian MacKaye surprised for 50th birthday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Friends and fans of Washington punk pioneer Ian MacKaye conspired this weekend to throw a surprise 50th birthday party for him.

D.C. punk band pioneer Ian MacKaye was surprised with a party for his 50th birthday. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Ian MacKaye was the front man for influential punk bands Minor Threat and Fugazi and co-founded Dischord Records in 1980.

WTOP reports that his wife, Amy Farina, and former bandmate Jeff Nelson threw the party that was called "a heavily guarded secret."

It was held at Saint Stephen & Incarnation Church in Columbia Heights with no alcohol and only vegetarian snacks. MacKaye is a vegan and advocate of the "straight edge" lifestyle, abstaining from alcohol, drugs and even caffeine.

The term was coined by Minor Threat with their song "Straight Edge."

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