Barred for Life

Barred for Life

How Black Flag's Iconic Logo Became Punk Rock's Secret Handshake

eBook - 2013
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Cataloging the legacy of the American punk rock pioneers Black Flag, this photo documentary uses stark, contrasting portraits to share the stories of the die-hard fans who wear the iconic four-barred logo tattooed on their skin. From doctors to homeless punks, stories range from the intensely personal to the absurd as each larger-than-life soul mugs for the camera. Adding to the idea that mixed messages can come from one unifying design, each image is highlighted with a personal quotation, a name and bio, and a Black Flag favorites list. Captured during an extensive tour through the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, this collection serves as a visual testimony to the hyper-distilled mythology that the band is more prevalent now than when it was in service, and serves as a soundtrack for those living as self-imposed cultural outsiders. Interviews with former members of the band, tattoo artists, photographers, and other relevant luminaries round out this ethnography and serve to spotlight Black Flags vicious live performances, forward-thinking work ethic, and indisputable reputation for acting as both champions and destroyers of the punk rock culture that they helped create.
Publisher: [United States] :, PM Press :, 2013.
ISBN: 9781604864861
1604864869
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
data file, rda
Additional Contributors: Castaldi, Jared
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)

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Jan 14, 2014

The overlooked component of any movement in music is really the audience. The California punk rock legends Black Flag created the form of the best punk rock befoer dissolving in 1986. The bars, four parallel lines, are a mark not just of faith in Black Flag, responsible for creating punk music at its finest and most musical peak but also a communal declaration of intent, to stay free of enslaving systems and to seek personal liberation from a society that it scorns. The book also features excellent interviews from band members like Chuck and Kira.
A must-read for fans.

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