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Greg Ginn


Lead guitarist, songwriter, and creator from the 1980s hardcore punk music group Black Flag. Creating Dark Flag in the past due 1970s, he confronted a rotating solid of music group members but gained a following with the group’s dynamic concert events and the look of them within the punk documentary The Decrease of Traditional western Civilization. Unafraid to include different musical components into his acoustic guitar playing like jazz and rock, he led Dark Flag’s development in audio. He was created in Tucson, Az. Expenses Stevenson was at once his bandmate as well as the drummer for Dark Flag.

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Full Name Greg Ginn
Date Of Birth June 8, 1954
Place Of Birth Tucson, AZ
Profession Guitarist
Education University of California, Los Angeles
Nationality American
Parents R.C.K. Ginn
Siblings Raymond Pettibon
Music Groups Black Flag, October Faction, The Nig-Heist, Gone, Mojack, Confront James
Movies Black Flag: Live, We Jam Econo, The Decline of Western Civilization
Star Sign Gemini

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1Has released several solo albums, and currently plays in the band Gone. [April 2002]
2Relocated from Long Beach, California to Taylor, Texas.
3Used a Dan Armstrong Lucite electric guitar throughout his career until it was stolen on April 16, 1986.
4Was ranked 99th on Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.".
5Only consistent member through all of Black Flag's career from 1976-1986, 2003.
6Ginn owns independent record label, SST, originally begun as an electronics company called "Solid State Transmitters" while he was a teenager in Long Beach, California. Bands such as The Meat Puppets, The Minutemen, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, and Bad Brains were signed to this label.
7Never used any effect pedals, just his guitar and amp.
8Will reunite Black Flag on September 12, 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium to perform a benefit for organizations that rescue cats.
9Founder of the legendary hardcore band Black Flag. Ginn was both the guitarist and songwriter in its early days, but later shared songwriting duties with lead singer Henry Rollins. Rollins stated in his book "Get in the Van" that Ginn told him in 1986 that he never liked Henry very much, and had decided to break up the band.
10Founded the legendary indie label SST Records in the late seventies. Such bands as Husker Du, the Minutemen, and the Meat Puppets recorded for the label at one time.
11Black Flag's 1981 album 'Damaged' is considered a seminal work in the history of hardcore music, containing such songs as "TV Party" and "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie."



Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Skate.2007Video Game writer: "Six Pack"
Punk's Not Dead2007Documentary writer: "Nervous Breakdown" - as Gregg Ginn / writer: "Six Pack"
American Hardcore2006Documentary writer: "Hot Muff" - as G. Ginn / writer: "Rise Above", "No Values", "Nervous Breakdown", "Six Pack", "Can't Decide", "Slip It In", "Gimme Gimme Gimme"
American Wasteland2005Video Game writer: "Fix Me", "Rise Above"
Lords of Dogtown2005writer: "Nervous Breakdown"
Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary2004Documentary writer: "Rise Above"
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession2004TV Movie documentary writer: "White Minority"
Jackass: The Movie2002Documentary "Drinking And Driving"
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
PCU1994writer: "Drinking and Driving" - as Gregory Ginn
The Pelican Brief1993performer: "You Drive Me Crazy" / writer: "You Drive Me Crazy"
Ladybugs1992writer: "I've Heard It Before"
Hellbent1988writer: "Rosanne", "Peter Gone", "Lawndale Rock City"



What We Do Is Secret2007special thanks



Punk's Not Dead2007DocumentaryHimself - Black Flag
American Hardcore2006DocumentaryHimself
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen2005DocumentaryHimself
Reality 86'd1991DocumentaryHimself
Black Flag Live1984DocumentaryHimself - Guitarist
The Decline of Western Civilization1981DocumentaryBlack Flag / Guitarist

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1There's not much music I'll listen to if it doesn't have pretty heavy swing. Rhythm is so important. Punk rock would have more power and feeling if it had swing.
2The REM and Nirvana successes don't mean much to me except as a potential distraction for bands who want to cash in on the trend. Don't try to sound like someone else. REM and Nirvana don't sound like anyone else.
3Punk rock really came out of New York as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded. I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing.
4There are several books out on punk history, but I haven't read any of them. I was there.

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