Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag

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PM Press, Aug 1, 2011 - Music - 432 pages
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Black Flag were the pioneers of American Hardcore, and this is their blood-spattered story. Formed in Hermosa Beach, California, in 1978, they made and played brilliant, ugly, no-holds-barred music for eight brutal years on a self-appointed touring circuit of America’s clubs, squats, and community halls. They fought with everybody—the police, the record industry, and even their own fans—and they toured overseas on pennies a day in beat-up trucks and vans. This history tells Black Flag’s story from the inside, drawing on exclusive interviews with the group’s members, their contemporaries, and the bands they inspired. It depicts the rise of Henry Rollins, the iconic front man, and Greg Ginn, who turned his electronics company into one of the world’s most influential independent record labels while leading Black Flag from punk’s three-chord frenzy into heavy metal and free jazz.
 

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Black Flag formed in Hermosa Beach, CA, in 1978 and became an influential hard-core punk band before breaking up in discord eight years later. Chick (Psychic Confusion: The Sonic Youth Story) presents ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter One Rise Above
1
Chapter Two Louie Louie
26
Chapter Three Spray Paint The Walls
53
Chapter Four Nervous Breakdown
86
Chapter Five No Values
118
Chapter Six Police Story
158
Chapter Seven Damaged
192
Chapter Eight Everything Went Black
226
Chapter Nine My War
268
Chapter Ten Slip It In
298
Chapter Eleven The Process Of Weeding Out
331
Chapter Twelve Wasted Again
359
Acknowledgements
394
Bibliography
397
Selected Discography
399
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Stevie Chick has written for the Guardian, Melody Maker, and MOJO, and is the author of Ninja Tune and Psychic Confusion.

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