Published Nov 26, 2009Fans of early hardcore take note: Before you finalize that Christmas list and submit it to your relatives, we've discovered one more gift that will be worth your time. Later this month, Omnibus Press will release a new book documenting the rise and fall of heroic hardcore progenitors Black Flag.
The book is called Spray Paint the Walls: the Story of Black Flag, and was written by British music journo Steve Chick, who has previously written books on Sonic Youth.
Taking to his blog, long-time Black Flag associate Joe Carducci wrote about the book, saying, "Neither Greg Ginn nor Henry Rollins sat for interviews but their voices are included from earlier interviews, and more importantly Chuck Dukowski spoke to Chick - a first, I believe. The story, laid out from the band's earliest practices in 1976 to its end ten years later, makes a far more dramatic book than the usual shelf-fillers with their stretch to make the empty stories of various chart-toppers sound exciting and crucial and against the odds."
Spray Paint the Walls is due out later this month, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. If you want to check out a section of the book, The Quietus posted a lengthy excerpt here.