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Black Flag



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Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA (USA)

About:

Black Flag was a hardcore punk group formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn, guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes.

Black Flag forged a unique sound early on that mixed the raw simplicity of The Ramones with atonal and microtonal guitar solos and frequent tempo shifts. Over this could be heard lyrics–mostly written by Ginn–about isolation, neurosis and paranoia, themes which did not disappear when Henry Rollins took on the role of lead singer in 1981. Most of the band's material was released on Ginn's independent label, SST Records.

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Reviews

Black Flag / Greg Ginn / Cinema Cinema Live in Philadelphia

Black Flag / Greg Ginn / Cinema Cinema

Live in Philadelphia (2014)

live show

Black Flag Live in Lansing

Black Flag

Live in Lansing (2014)

live show

Black Flag Down in the Dirt [digital single]

Black Flag

Down in the Dirt [digital single] (2013)

SST

Black Flag / Good For You / True Love live in Philadelphia

Black Flag / Good For You / True Love

live in Philadelphia (2013)

live show

Black Flag What The...

Black Flag

What The... (2013)

SST

Black Flag live in Los Angeles

Black Flag

live in Los Angeles (2003)

live show

Black Flag Live DVD

Black Flag

Live DVD (2000)

Cherry Red

Black Flag Who's Got the 10½?: Live

Black Flag

Who's Got the 10½?: Live (1986)

SST

Black Flag In My Head

Black Flag

In My Head (1986)

SST

Black Flag Loose Nut

Black Flag

Loose Nut (1985)

SST

Black Flag Slip It In

Black Flag

Slip It In (1984)

SST

Black Flag Live DVD

Black Flag

Live DVD (1984)

SST

Black Flag My War

Black Flag

My War (1984)

SST

Black Flag The First Four Years

Black Flag

The First Four Years (1983)

SST

Black Flag Everything Went Black

Black Flag

Everything Went Black (1982)

SST

Black Flag Damaged

Black Flag

Damaged (1981)

SST

Black Flag Nervous Breakdown

Black Flag

Nervous Breakdown (1978)

SST

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Interviews

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Henry Rollins (Black Flag/Rollins Band)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks)

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Keith Morris (OFF!, Black Flag, Circle Jerks)

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Dez Cadena (Misfits/Ex-Black Flag)

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Keith Morris (OFF! / Circle Jerks / Black Flag)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Keith Morris (Off!, The Circle Jerks, Black Flag)

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Ron Reyes (Piggy / Red Cross / Black Flag)

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Dale Nixon (Black Flag)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

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