Black Flag (formerly called as Panic) is an American punk rock band. The band was formed in Hermosa Beach, California in 1976. The band was mostly founded by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter. They are largely consider to be one of the first hardcore punk bands in the history of punks.
Black Flag's sound combine the raw simplicity of the Ramones music style with guitar solos and often tempo shifts. The lyrics were written largely by Ginn, and like other contemporaries of the late 1970s early 1980s, Black Flag voiced an anti-authoritarian and non-conformist message in songs . In 1981, Henry Rollins joined the group as lead singer . Most of the band's songs/album was released on Ginn's independent label, SST Records.
Black Flag remains respected among the punk subculture. They are widely considered as pioneers in the movement of underground do-it-yourself record labels that grow among the 1980s punk rock bands.
During their career in 1980s, Black Flag's sound, as well as their bad name, developed in ways that both accepted and criticized much of their audience. They were pioneer in the first scene of American West Coast punk rock and they are cited as a key influence on punk subculture in the United States and other country.