Saturday, September 29, 2012

Black Flag Rehearsal Footage

If you can endure the lousy sound quality, here’s an awesome video of a Black Flag rehearsal.

It’s dark, dingy, and I bet all that cheap soundproofing material that seems to be everywhere in the band’s cramped rehearsal space, just makes the entire place smell awful.

The band was known-scratch that-guitarist Greg Ginn was known for his endurance setting practice times, demanding that everyone in the band show up for rehearsals 6 days a week, usually in preparation for grueling tours that put the Melvin’s current “51 States in 51 Days” tour to shame.

What I didn’t expect was how Black Flag rehearsals appear to be as physically rigorous as the real thing. Rollins in dripping with sweat, drummer Bill Stevenson  faces Rollins with Ginn and Dukowski crammed on both sides of him, the band plays at full volume with Hank completely inaudible.

This is how it should be done, and young upstarts should take note.

How did Black Flag get to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium?

Practice. Practice. Practice. 

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