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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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1 Has released several solo albums, and currently plays in the band Gone. [April 2002]
2 Relocated from Long Beach, California to Taylor, Texas.
3 Used a Dan Armstrong Lucite electric guitar throughout his career until it was stolen on April 16, 1986.
4 Was ranked 99th on Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.".
5 Only consistent member through all of Black Flag's career from 1976-1986, 2003.
6 Ginn 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.
7 Never used any effect pedals, just his guitar and amp.
8 Will reunite Black Flag on September 12, 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium to perform a benefit for organizations that rescue cats.
9 Founder 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.
10 Founded 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.
11 Black 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 Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Skate. 2007 Video Game writer: "Six Pack"
Punk's Not Dead 2007 Documentary writer: "Nervous Breakdown" - as Gregg Ginn / writer: "Six Pack"
American Hardcore 2006 Documentary 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 Wasteland 2005 Video Game writer: "Fix Me", "Rise Above"
Lords of Dogtown 2005 writer: "Nervous Breakdown"
Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary 2004 Documentary writer: "Rise Above"
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004 TV Movie documentary writer: "White Minority"
Jackass: The Movie 2002 Documentary "Drinking And Driving"
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
PCU 1994 writer: "Drinking and Driving" - as Gregory Ginn
The Pelican Brief 1993 performer: "You Drive Me Crazy" / writer: "You Drive Me Crazy"
Ladybugs 1992 writer: "I've Heard It Before"
Hellbent 1988 writer: "Rosanne", "Peter Gone", "Lawndale Rock City"



What We Do Is Secret 2007 special thanks



Punk's Not Dead 2007 Documentary Himself - Black Flag
American Hardcore 2006 Documentary Himself
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen 2005 Documentary Himself
Reality 86'd 1991 Documentary Himself
Black Flag Live 1984 Documentary Himself - Guitarist
The Decline of Western Civilization 1981 Documentary Black Flag / Guitarist

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1 There'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.
2 The 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.
3 Punk 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.
4 There are several books out on punk history, but I haven't read any of them. I was there.

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