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Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag Paperback – September 1, 2009
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The Screws are referred to as The Skrews or The Skrewz. Chick also refers to HB as Huntingdon. This was weird because it was sometimes spelled correctly during interviews. Chick included a section about the Dogtown skaters and their influence on the Southern California punk scene. OK, but it was clearly ripped right out of a recent viewing of the Dogtown and the Legend of Z-Boys movie. The author then goes on to say Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Steve Alba are from Orange County. WTF? Oh, and if you want to mention something about SoCal skaters influence on SoCal punk at that time, at least mention Steve Olson.
The author is completely unfamiliar with California, which got aggravating at times. But still, this is an interesting, and important book about an important band. Deducting stars for misinformation. The other most aggravating oddity in the book was when the author says something about hipsters who were too young to see BF back when they were starting like to say they prefer Keith, Ron, Dez over Henry because it is cool to say that. WTF? That is an opinion. Some of us are just old.Read more ›
There are so many different topics in this book that if you're looking for Black Flag information and only Black Flag information, you might get bored here, so bored that you may put the book down and never pick it up again. I honestly didn't start flying through the pages until Dez joined, the book staying interesting with Henry at the mic as well.
The book often paints Ginn in a negative light, and I would have never thought there was so much anger/animosity among the band members. It's kind of a bummer when reading this stuff, to think that my favorite band of all time basically hated each other, it kind of makes the music seem like a lie.
Overall this is a really great book, even if the writing is sometimes forced or full of filler. If you don't know much about Black Flag and you'd like to learn a lot, buy this book.
P.S. To the sellers who are pricing this book around $30 to $70, shame on you. It's collector/sellers like you that ruin music, books, art, ect. making it unavailable to those with less money.
One thing to realize going in: this book is just as much about label SST as it is about Black Flag. If you cut out all of the not-Flag-specific text, the book would be probably half as long as it is. The two were pretty intertwined, so I have no problem with the inclusion of that material.
"Spray Paint..." makes heavy use of the books that came before, as Joe Franke notes, but Chick also conducted numerous interviews himself with many of the principal players in the Black Flag/SST scene. Keith Morris, Mike Watt, Joe Carducci, Tom Troccoli, Mugger and especially Chuck Dukowski really help to round the book out with interviews conducted in 2009. Brendan Mullen, Kira Roessler, Ron Reyes, Dez Cadena, and Mark Arm (among others) were also interviewed and have generally interesting and relevant things to say.
Main Flag man Greg Ginn was not interviewed, although I'm sure Chick tried. Instead, he pulls quotes and information from probably every interview Greg ever gave to a fanzine or newspaper to shed some light on his interpretation of events. As someone who has not read any of the previous Flag books besides "Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag (2nd Edition)", I found these snippets to be very useful.
Henry Rollins was also not interviewed for this book, but fortunately his take on things is well documented, and Chick draws from a number of Rollins books and spoken word performances for background and details.Read more ›
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This is an Informative and entertaining history of one of the most important bands of the 1980's.Published 7 months ago by Josh Bickford
Phenomenal book with great interviews and really nicely put together! Great work here!Published 11 months ago by Mike Law
I love Black Flag. I love all eras of the band's recorded output (save the 2013 release). This was a good book but the diversions into non black flag topics were a little longPublished 12 months ago by Troy Wright
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The big question here (that really should have been explored in a postscript) is why was this book written by a Brit? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Seth Hexx
The story of one of the greatest punk rock bands ever.
Stevie Chick did a really good job.
I just can't stop reading.