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7. Black Flag

Long before Henry Rollins was a VH1 talking head, spoken word artist and occasional movie star, he fronted the pivotal early 1980s hardcore band Black Flag. The group actually started in 1976 with frontman Keith Morris, but he quit just three years later and after flailing around for a bit with inadequate singers they hired Rollins, who was a 20-year-old fan of the band. Months after he joined, the band finally cut their legendary debut LP Damaged for SST Records. The group's wild gigs – often held at house parties or other non-traditional venues – became legendary around this time period and they inspired countless new bands to form. They broke up in 1986, but in 2003 they reformed for a series of charity shows. 

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