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Justin Sane

Justin Sane



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Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA (USA)

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ustin Sane is the a co-founding member of the punk band Anti-Flag. An advocate for peace, justice and equality, Justin Sane has worked with lawmakers, activists and artists in the United States and beyond for progressive change. He is a founding member of the non-profit Military Free Zone, and he has worked with Amnesty International, Green Peace, The African Well Fund, Peta, Emmaus, and countless other organizations.

Justin Sane, a naturalized citizen of both Ireland and The United States, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a large Irish family in which he was the youngest of nine. In his youth live traditional Irish music and political discourse were front and center nearly every night at his family's home. Influenced by his family and growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a gritty steel town steeped in labor history, it comes as no surprise that Justin went on to marry music and politics together in the form of a passionate punk rock band.

Justin cut his musical teeth in his small hometown punk scene and later on the international rock circuit. His musical influences are diverse and reach far beyond punk rock, including everything from Hot Water Music, Social distortion, and the Clash to James Brown, David Bowie, Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. On top of fronting Anti-Flag, Justin records and performs solo stating, "My solo project is not meant to be or replace Anti-Flag. But as I see it Anti-Flag is a band that does something very specific musically and lyrically. What Anti-Flag does is obviously important to me however, I write other kinds of songs too. Many of which don't quite fit the Anti-Flag style. So while my solo songs are sometimes anti-war anthems, etc, you'll also find me writing about love, friendships, cats, drinking on the streets, reading "The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook" and just about anything. I could do this with Anti-Flag, but when we started it was not our goal to play such songs."

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Justin Sane Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Justice

Justin Sane

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Justice (2002)

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Justin Sane (Anti-Flag)

Monday, September 29, 2008 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

Media: Justin Sane: "Don't Call It Zuccotti, Call It Liberty"
In honor of the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Justin Sane of Anti-Flag has posted a new solo track titled "Don't Call It Zuccotti, Call It Liberty." The acoustic song…
March 19, 2012
Media: Justin Sane (Anti-Flag) announces new 7-inch and tour
Anti-Flag frontman, Justin Sane, has announced a brand new European tour and plans for a solo 7-inch. The 7-inch, entitled Gas Land Terror will be released on Flix Records…
August 10, 2011
Media: Anti-Flag hoping to release album in the Fall
In a recent interview with Blare Magazine, Anti-Flag's Justin Sane revealed that the band is hoping to release a new album by the fall. Sane is also hoping to release a new solo album: Going into studios you haven't been in for quite some time and playing festivals, that's really what keeps you going as a band because you…
June 20, 2011
Videos: Anti-Flag: "Turncoat (Acoustic)"
punkvideosrock.com has posted a video of Justin Sane from Anti-Flag performing an acoustic session at the Pomona, California Warped Tour date earlier this month. Sane performed "Turncoat" from 2003's The Terror State. You can click Read More for the…
August 17, 2010
Media: Justin Sane: "Solidarity In The Face Of Anti-Progressives"
Justin Sane of Anti-Flag visited Toronto this past week for the controversial G20 demonstrations and recorded a song based on his experiences titled "Solidarity In The Face Of Anti-Progressives." With regards to the protests, Justin explained his feelings on…
June 30, 2010
Media: Anti-Flag cancels tour due to injury
The BBC is reporting that Anti-Flag has canceled their European tour. At a recent gig at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, frontman Justin Sane broke his collar bone after stage diving into the crowd. The band commented that Sane "landed awkwardly and that was that". The shows are expected to be rescheduled.…
March 09, 2009
Media: Justin Sane discusses new Anti-Flag record
Anti-Flag's Justin Sane recently sat down with our friends at ThePunkSite.com to discuss the band's upcoming full length, The Bright Lights of America. The band discussed the new elements they tried to introduce into their sound: We had ideas of things we wanted to do before we…
December 08, 2007

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