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Henry Rollins: 'Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag' (1994)

Henry Rollins: Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag (1994)
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Did Jack Kerouac ever write a book this great? In a word, no. This is the real on-the-road American adventure: a band of antisocial maniacs who hate each other crammed in a van, bumming from town to town, sleeping on floors when they're lucky, getting clubbed by the cops when they're not, doing it all for those few minutes of glorious noise. Black Flag were a great hardcore band – their records sound even mightier now than they did at the time – and Rollins' tour diaries are the essence of that pain-is-my-girlfriend punk spirit.

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