Black Flag: The Final Show, Detroit 1986
*can’t find the second part. 🙁
The first generation of participants in the great American hardcore punk battered econovan would like you to believe that scene died in 1986, but we all know better. However it was the year Black Flag called it quits – all of a sudden, observed simply with a genial phone conversation between Greg Ginn and Henry Rollins – and we know we’ve lost an amazing band who shaped that world.
The clip above features Henry and Greg, with two faceless band members, going at it as per usual, taking no prisoners. I saw this recently and wondered if it was ever recorded for posterity. It will be the last time Mr. Ginn twisted his bad-ass fingers on Annihilated This Week and spreading greasy muck over Louie Louie, and it will be a treasure.
Sure enough, the entire show was recorded and available on the bootleg trading circuits for years. On top of that miracle, the sound captured is way better than that video clip above. To those interested, my old friends at BigO magazine in Singapore are hosting the files and ready to donate you their bandwidth.
Note: It’s not as crucial as the Police Story – Live EP or the 1981 Last Show with Dez bootlegs but if you were still sticking to the Flag despite the fact that they slowed and and grooved slothfully with Loose Nut and Slip It In, this will be something you would need to hug dearly.