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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 June 1954Tucson, Arizona, USA
Birth NameGregory Regis Ginn
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Greg Ginn was born on June 8, 1954 in Tucson, Arizona, USA as Gregory Regis Ginn.

Trivia (11)

Black Flag's 1981 album 'Damaged' is considered a seminal work in the history of hardcore music, containing such songs as "TV Party" and "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie."
Founded the legendary indie label SST Records in the late seventies. Such bands as Husker Du, the Minutemen, and the Meat Puppets recorded for the label at one time.
Founder of the legendary hardcore band Black Flag. Ginn was both the guitarist and songwriter in its early days, but later shared songwriting duties with lead singer Henry Rollins. Rollins stated in his book "Get in the Van" that Ginn told him in 1986 that he never liked Henry very much, and had decided to break up the band.
Will reunite Black Flag on September 12, 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium to perform a benefit for organizations that rescue cats.
Never used any effect pedals, just his guitar and amp.
Ginn owns independent record label, SST, originally begun as an electronics company called "Solid State Transmitters" while he was a teenager in Long Beach, California. Bands such as The Meat Puppets, The Minutemen, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, and Bad Brains were signed to this label.
Only consistent member through all of Black Flag's career from 1976-1986, 2003.
Was ranked 99th on Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.".
Used a Dan Armstrong Lucite electric guitar throughout his career until it was stolen on April 16, 1986.
Relocated from Long Beach, California to Taylor, Texas. [2007]
Has released several solo albums, and currently plays in the band Gone. [April 2002]

Personal Quotes (4)

There are several books out on punk history, but I haven't read any of them. I was there.
Punk rock really came out of New York as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded. I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing.
The REM and Nirvana successes don't mean much to me except as a potential distraction for bands who want to cash in on the trend. Don't try to sound like someone else. REM and Nirvana don't sound like anyone else.
There's not much music I'll listen to if it doesn't have pretty heavy swing. Rhythm is so important. Punk rock would have more power and feeling if it had swing.

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