Black Flag

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Intro and Info

Early Punk days band "Black Flag", at one time, they were fronted by Henry Rollins

Considered by many as the pioneers of Hardcore Punk, forming in 1976 out of Hermosa Beach, California.

They were put together by Greg Ginn, (guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member).

After breaking up in 1986, Black Flag briefly reunited in 2003 and again in 2013.

As a band, they took influences from different sources and mixed them together, they showed the raw simplicity of The Ramones, plus guitar styles from much of the current Heavy Metal scene.

Their lyrics were written mostly by Ginn, and like other Punk of that time, they took an anti-authoritarian and non-conformist stabce, the songs were punctuated with descriptions of social isolation, neurosis, poverty, and paranoia, these themes were explored even further when Henry Rollins joined to front the band in 1981.

Throughout the 1980s, Black Flag's sound, and notoriety, grew in a number of ways, these changes embraced and alienated much of their early audience.

Along with being one of the first Punk artists to incorporate elements and the influence of hl Heavy Metal melodies and rhythms, they even played with influences, fron Jazz, Breakbeat and Classical, especially in Ginn's guitar playing. They also played longer, slower, and more complex songs at a time when other bands in their style performed a raw, fast, three-chord format. As a result, their extensive discography is more stylistically varied than many of their Punk contemporaries.

Black Flag was and remains well-respected within many subcultures, primarily for their tireless promotion of an autonomous DIY [[Punk[] ethic and aesthetic. They are often regarded as pioneers in the movement of underground do-it-yourself record labels that flourished during the 1980s Punk and Indie bands.

Most of the band's material was released on Ginn's independent label, SST Records.

Albums List

1) Damaged (1981)

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2) My War (1984)


3) Family Man (1984)


4) Slip It In (1984)


5) Loose Nut (1985)


6) In My Head (1985)

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7) What The... (2013)


Members Name Check

  • Greg Ginn – guitar (1976–1986, 2003, 2013–present)
  • Mike Vallely - vocals (2003, 2013-present)
  • Tyler Smith - bass (2014-present)
  • Brandon Pertzborn – drums (2014–present)
  • Keith Morris – vocals (1976–1979)
  • Raymond Pettibon – bass (1976)
  • Glen "Spot" Lockett – bass (1976–1977)
  • Brian Migdol – drums (1976–1979)
  • Chuck Dukowski – bass (1977–1983)
  • Roberto "ROBO" Valverde – drums (1979–1981, 2003)
  • Ron Reyes – vocals (1979–1980, 2013)
  • Dez Cadena – guitar (1981–1983, 2003), vocals (1980–1981, 2003)
  • Henry Rollins – vocals (1981–1986)
  • Bill Stevenson – drums (1981,1982, 1983–1985)
  • Emil Johnson – drums (1982)
  • Chuck Biscuits – drums (1982)
  • Kira Roessler – bass (1983–1985)
  • Anthony Martinez – drums (1985–1986)
  • C'el Revuelta – bass (1986, 2003)
  • Gregory Moore (credited as "drummer") – drums (2003, 2013-2014)
  • Dave Klein – bass (2013-2014)

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