Coming from Hermosa Beach, CA, Black Flag formed in 1976. With cynical angst and musical experimentation, this band redefined punk with a new hardcore sound. The original lineup included Greg Ginn on guitar, Chuck Dukowski on bass, drummer Brian Migdol, and vocalist Kieth Morris. But, not long after releasing their first EP– Nervous Breakdown– Morris went off to form the Circle Jerks and Migdol also disbanded. In 1981, Black Flag recruited Henry Rollins as their new lead singer.
Although the band only stayed together for a decade, they pioneered post-punk, which influenced other bands like the Minutemen, Dead Kennedys and others. After the band disbanded in 1986, Rollins went on to form The Rollins Band and pursue spoken word.
Here is Black Flag performing “Rise Above” from their 1981 album, Damaged.
And here is the ever-insightful and inspirational Henry Rollins, as he talks about travel and George W. Bush, from when I went to his spoken word at the Observatory last December.