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Duane Peters And Maureen Noone 2013 Downtown LBC
On Friday I notice a disturbing Facebook post coming from Duane Peters Wall. Duane has been a friend of mine dating back to first meeting him in southern California in the1980′s, during various contest’s. So after reading the Facebook post, I could see and feel that their was clearly a problem with Duane’s thinking and decision-making on that given day, so I tried to emailed D.P. but no reply came back. The Facebook post shown below obviously shows that Duane Peters was having a very tumultuous day and anyone who knows The Master Of Disaster and is familiar with his past trials, knows that when Duane falls, he falls hard and I feared this was the beginning of a crash and burn like days of old that all of us his friends have come very accustomed to over the last 30 years. I finally was able to speak with a mutual friend and Shane informed me that Duane had posted the $5000 bail and would be staying with friends to avoid any media questioning and rest up until his next arraignment at court on the 20th.
Here’s Duane’s Facebook Post Friday Just Before His Arrest
Below Are Some Of Duane Peters Skateboarding Sponsors Lost In Te Shuffle
The Facebook post came as a shock to the fans of Duane Peters who has been so happy as of recent and very excited about his new relationship with girlfriend Maureen Noone. This year at the Santa Cruz 50th I had a chance to meet Maureen for the first time in San Jose at the Independent trucks pro skate session. Duane Peters didn’t pad up to skate with any of us, he only wanted to be with Maureen and none of his peers could persuade him otherwise, so the Master sat around with his lady at his arm and watched the festivities of the staring cast at Lake Cunningham skate park host of the NHS Indy anniversary skate jam. The two seemed very happy and my wife commented later they seemed to be a match made in heaven. So this news was rather shocking to all of Duane Peters friends, family and fans who faithfully follow the Master whether it be his skating or his music.
Then I watched various people who read Duane’s Facebook post began to take sides and post their opinions and many arguments broke out and I just sat back and watched how fast people will throw you away like they never knew you, although they have made many mistakes themselves over the years, but now it was their time to kick one of their own while they were down, these idiots are really just a group of fake people showing their true colors at your expense and showing how much of a friend they really were to you. The majority of people who call themselves friends are liars and players and I caught a glimpse of this all weekend on online sites everywhere I went.
Image Gif Of The Duane Peters Famous Invented Trick “The Invert Revert”
Saturday February 8th there was an official report from the Los Angeles Daily News reporting that the professional skateboarder and legendary punk rock vocalist had been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence against his current girlfriend, which brings a felony charge and a possible prison sentence if convicted. http://www.dailynews.com/
So as a friend and long time fan of Duane, I went researching all possible outlets and asked friends of friends both from my side of the neighborhood and of D.P.’s huge click, looking for anything they might know about this newest drama in what us skaters like to call our Skateboard family.
Most Of These Photos Can Be Found At Duane Peters Official Website
To be honest with you, I was worried about Duane’s frame of mind, so I got busy with my resources who would know more than I do and who would trust me enough to answer my concerned questions. Here’s what I found out and it’s all right here for those of you who call yourselves friends and fans of this legendary character known as the Master Of Disaster.
My Favorite Decks Of Duane Peters Is This Black Label Issue Shown Below
Here was the report. Duane Peters was picked up and arrested at the 4000 block on Third street in downtown Long Beach Friday by the Long Beach Police Department. L.A. Daily also reported he was arrested late Friday night near midnight at 11:59 and Duane was booked in to jail early Saturday morning and was being held at a $50,000 bail. The report went on to say Duane Peters was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday morning February 11th. This information is according to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Megan Zabel press release.
Duane And Maureen Pose For Fans As They Took To The Streets Of Long Beach
At the arraignment on Tuesday February 11th more details of the longtime professional skateboarder and punk rock band leader Duane Peters at age 52, has been charged with felony willful infliction of corporal injury following a domestic violence incident on Feb. 7 and faces a maximum of four years in state prison, according to Sarah Ardalani, the spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors said Peters became angry with his girlfriend and assaulted her at their residence in Long Beach, according to Sarah Ardalani, public information officer for District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Neighbors near by heard the all the arguing and commotion, they then interceded and were able to restrain Duane Peters until the Long Beach Police arrived at the scene, prosecutors said the woman involved is Maureen Noone, Duane Peters girlfriend, she had sustained injuries to her face and body.
Duane Peters was officially charged Feb.11, but was unable to appear at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach due to unspecified medical reasons, Sarah Ardalani told National reporters, Duane Peters had posted the $50,000 bail on Thursday and postponed his court arraignment hearing until February 20th.
Image Gif Of The Duane Peters Invented Trick “The Acid Drop”
ESPN’S Report On Duane Peters Circumstances Leading To His Arrest.
Longtime professional skateboarder and punk rock front man Duane Peters, 52, has been charged with felony willful infliction of corporal injury following a domestic violence incident on Feb. 7 and faces a maximum of four years in state prison, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Duane Peters Shown Below With His Patented Fast Plant At A California Skate Park
ESPN went on to say, prosecutors said Peters became angry with his girlfriend and assaulted her at their residence in Long Beach, according to Sarah Ardalani, public information officer for District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Neighbors heard the commotion, interceded and were able to restrain Peters until police arrived. Prosecutors said the woman sustained injuries from Peters and that the details were still coming in.
Duane Peters aka The Master Of Disaster whose pro skateboarding career dates as far back as the 1970s and who is also the front man for the band U.S. Bombs and Duane Peters & The Great Unwashed, was officially charged Feb. 11, but was unable to appear at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach due to unspecified medical reasons, Ardalani told ESPN. He posted $50,000 bail on Thursday and postponed his arraignment hearing to Feb. 20th as reported by ESPN sources.
Peters has had one of pro skateboarding’s longest careers. He won some of the earliest pool skating contests in the 1970s and early 1980s, and his aggressive style earned him the nickname “Master of Disaster,” first cited in a December 1980 profile done by Glen E. Friedman for “Skateboarder’s Action Now” magazine after Peters invented the ollie 180 lip trick known as the “disaster.” He’s also credited with inventing several other classic pool skating tricks, including fast plants and the layback grind, which has become his signature moves.
Peters remains a fixture in masters-level pool contests and placed ninth at the Vans ProTec Pool Party in May 2013. He’s a member of the “lifers” team at Pocket Pistols Skateboards and has long, ongoing sponsorship deals with Independent Truck Company and OJ Wheels, among others. He also released two full-length albums in 2013: “Beautiful Tragedy,” the debut album from Duane Peters & The Great Unwashed, and “Generation Kennedy No More,” the 11th album from U.S. Bombs, a band he started in 1993.
Duane Peters Destroys This Insanely Difficult Pool In Think Damaged Video
Reports Of Duane Peters Missing
This afternoon (February 14, 2014), legendary skate hero Duane Peter’s ex-wife Corey Parks-Castle took to Instagram (@Corey_Parks) to ask the skateboarding community to help find a missing Duane Peters.
Ex-wife Corey Parks-Castle posted the following message to her Instagram: “Firstly we would like to thank everyone who’s helped or taken part in looking for Duane…WE HAVE FOUND DUANE, but cannot disclose any details at the time.” This is great news and we hope it gets better in the coming days!
In what we hope can be described as a happy ending to the sad story that broke last night, it appears that Duane Peters, legendary skateboarder and front man for bands like U.S. Bombs and Die Hunns, has been found. Corey Parks, Duane’s ex-wife and the mother of his ten-year-old son, Clash, relayed the following message via Instagram:
Firstly We would like to thank everyone who’s helped or taken part in looking for Duane and all the outpouring of pouring if support and love. We are deeply touched as I know he would be as well. WE HAVE FOUND DUANE, but cannot disclose any details at this time. Thank you all so much from my entire family as well as Duane’s for your unbelievably kind and generous efforts. We will NEVER forget this. Love, Corey, Rob and Clash.
Below Is One Of Duane Peters Many Invented Trick The FS Layback Grind
Duane Peters Frontman For The U.S. Bombs
To make this article of Duane Peters more complete, I’ve included a full biography of Duane Peters life, which covers time before his life as a punk rock singer and before he was a professional skateboarder. I listed everything else I could remember, or find pertaining to his amazing life of being the Master Of Disaster. I hope you enjoy the information I’ve included below and share this link with friends.
Also Known As
The Master of Disaster
A Legend Is Born
June 12, 1961 (now age 52, 2014)
Orange County, California, U.S.A.
Hardcore – Punk Rock -Underground – Alternative
Professional Skateboarder – Punk Rock Musician
Lead Vocals – Bass Guitar
1978 Until Present
U.S. Bombs, Political Crap, Die’ Hunns, THe Huns, Duane Peters Gunfight,
The Exploding Fuckdolls, Duane Peters And The Great Unwashed.
Peters is credited for inventing many tricks, such as the “acid drop” into a pool or bowl, the “layback grind,” “the layback roll out,” the “Indy air”, the “Sweeper”, the “backside layback grind revert”, the “fakie hang-up” (known as the disaster), the “invert revert”, the “fakie thruster”, and the “loop of death,” (a full 360-degree rotation in a specially designed loop). He also, along with Neil Blender, helped to evolve the “footplant” into the more dynamic move known as the “fastplant.”
Shown Below Is The Invert Revert Trick. Nobody Desires To Try This Trick
Photos not labeled are most likely MRZ
Peters was one of the very first high-profile skaters to embrace punk rock, cutting his hair short and narrowing his jeans when most skaters were still wearing 1970s fashions. As shown on an Eye on LA television segment, Duane left the punk rock movement for the softer sound of “New Romantic/White Funk” music; even forming a band by the name of Tan-Dane.
Peters was named Transworld Skateboarding’s “Legend” in 2003. He is a professional skateboarder who rides for Pocket Pistols Skates. In May 2005, Black Label Skateboards released a biographic film, entitled Who Cares: The Duane Peters Story, A second documentary, planned by havocTV, and intended to focus on the supposed path to sobriety of Peters and then-wife Corey Parks, was publicized but failed to appear. In 2006, a sober Peters, had a cameo in the Joan Jett video Androgynous, directed by Morgan Higby Night.
One Of Duane Peters Most Popular Tricks Among Skaters “The Indy Air”
Duane Peters Almost Lost His Leg IN 2010 After A Brutal Slam And Then Not Attending To The Injury Which Almost Resulted In The Loss Of His Leg From Gang Green. The Community Lead By Lance Mountain Stepped Up To The Plate And Helped Raise Money To Pay Duane’s Medical Bills Which Were Several Hundreds Of Thousands Dollars.
Along with skateboarding, Peters is a well-known punk rock singer among his peers. He has formed bands such as the US Bombs, Political Crap, Die’ Hunns (also known as Duane Peters and The Hunns), Duane Peters Gunfight, and The Exploding Fuckdolls. He was formerly connected with two defunct record labels: Disaster Records, (owned by Patrick Boissel of Alive Records), and – later – Indian Recordings (owned by Ponk Media).
In 2000, Peters formed Duane Peters and The Hunns with Rob Milucky (previously of The Grabbers and The Pushers fame). Within two years, the band released three full-length albums and undertook both national and European tours. At a The Damned show in 2002, Peters met future wife Corey Parks, who had just left her previous band, Nashville Pussy. Parks joined Duane Peters and the Hunns on bass guitar and soon the band changed their name to Die Hunns, recorded a fourth full-length album entitled Long Legs, Die’ Hunns, and embarked on another tour.
Below Duane Peters Always Ready To Express His Opinion To The Inquiring Media
Duane Peters was cast to star in an independent film called “Hostility Hotel”, scheduled for release in 2010, but the film failed to appear to the public.
Was interviewed extensively for the award-winning 2011 documentary “The Other F Word”, a documentary about the lives of Punk Rockers after they have children.
Duane Peters Shown Here With Mike Valleley & Steve Olson At Jokers Skate Shop
Peters was married to Corey Parks, with whom he has a son, Clash Thomas Peters (born in 2004). Clash is the half-brother to oldest child Schuyler and middle child Chess (Chelsea) Peters; Both from a previous marriage. In the late 00′s Duane and Corey separated.
Peters has also struggled with drug addictions, mainly heroin, for over 3 decades. In 2007, Peters and his then-current band, Die Hunns cancelled their tour as Peters once again entered rehabilitation facility.
Peters’ 20 year-old son Chess (Chelsea) Peters was killed in a car accident on July 6, 2007. To this day Duane Hosts annual skate charity events dedicated to his son Chess.
3 Skateboard Icons Below, Steve Olson, Duane Peters And David Hackett 2013
Steve Olson, Duane Peters And Steve Alba (Salba), Down For Life
Skateboard champion and punk-rock vocalist Duane Peters has been an idol of the underground skate-punk movement for nearly three decades. Known among his fans as the Master of Disaster, Peters is largely credited with pioneering the counterculture that unites skate-boarding and punk music. Skin-headed, missing his two front teeth, and festooned with tattoos and safety-pin earrings, he has been skateboarding since the late 1970s, and has led such punk bands as the U.S. Bombs and The Hunns. A heroin user in his earlier days, Peters renounced drugs in his mid-30s. Peters, who turned 40 in 2001, remains a strong presence in extreme sports and alternative music at his current age of 52 years old.
Duane Peters parents divorced when he was a child in Anaheim, California, and Duane went to live with his father, a used-car salesman, in nearby Newport Beach. He had a rebellious youth and Duane often skipped school to skateboard. Hoping to discipline his son, his father sent Peters to live for a year with relatives on a farm in Michigan. “I went to school every day that year because there was nothing else to do.”
Duane Peters Appears In A Circle-A Skateboard Advert. Before The Tattoos
Returning to live with his father, Peters dropped out of school at age the young age of 14. By then he had discovered the underground skateboarding scene of the mid-1970s. Not having the money to buy a skateboard, he made one for himself by sawing off a piece of wood and nailing on roller-skate wheels. He spent his youthful days skate and surfing the sidewalks of Newport Beach and at nearby Balboa. “I just wanted to skate all the time and didn’t want to have to go to work. I didn’t want to grow up.”
D.P. Front Side Corner Air In Uplands Combi On His Way To World Cup Victory 1981
Photo: Glen E. Friedman
Through his drug addictions and rehabilitation, and during his long and varied punk music career, Peters has continued professional skateboarding. As a member of the skateboarding club “Beer City,” he has participated in contests nationwide through his late 30s and into his early 40s. Within the skate-punk subculture, he has maintained a devoted following of fans, and is celebrated as a skateboard pioneer.
In the days before skate parks, youths such as Peters and his friends liked to practice skating in empty swimming pools. Breaking into neighbors’ backyards, they skateboarded in underground pools until the police chased them out. In pools and empty half-pipes, Peters honed his skills and started inventing his own signature skateboarding tricks. Like his idol, motorcycle stunt rider Evel Knievel, Peters often injured himself. At 16, practicing in a 14-foot pipe, he perfected an upside-down, 360-degree stunt that seemed to defy the laws of gravity. With this trick he caught the attention of Skateboarder magazine; soon he was offered money to perform in skate shows, and even made a skateboarding appearance on the 1970s television show That’s Incredible! A regular winner in skating contests, Peters had developed a reputation in the skateboarding subculture.
Young Duane Peters Age 19 Before Adopting The Skate Punk Lifestyle
In 1978, Peters, then 17, discovered punk rock. Hearing a recording of punk band The Ramones, he took an instant liking to the music. Soon he was collecting records by such punk groups as Generation X, the Dead Boys, and the Sex Pistols. Peters and some of his friends cut their hair in punk styles and started frequenting punk clubs such as the Cuckoo’s Nest in Costa Mesa, California.
Duane Peters Showing Skills On New Board Sponsor Santa Cruz – NHS
Eventually Peters and his cohorts started forming their own bands and performing in Southern California clubs. Out of the skateboarding subculture, a new punk-skate subculture was born, with Peters at the center. “A lot of us were from broken homes,” Peters told John Roos of the Los Angeles Times. “We were freaks and misfits. That’s why we found punk rock, and it took us in.… We suddenly had somewhere to go.”
Influenced by drug-using punk-idol Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, Peters and his friends started experimenting with heroin. It didn’t take long for the skate-punk to become hooked. For the next 15 years, he struggled with addiction, spending all of his skateboarding prize money on drugs. As a junkie, he was often in trouble with the law, charged with drug possession and trafficking. In and out of jail throughout his 20s and 30s, his time behind bars amounted to six or seven years.
Peters quit using heroin in his mid-30s, substituting alcohol for drugs. When he developed liver problems, he eventually quit drinking, too. Living a clean, drug-free lifestyle, Duane Peters became more active in music and skateboarding and became very business responsible in his day-to-day affairs.
American Bomb 7″
Crack the Safe LP
2012 Double CD Vinyl Dog Singles & Live ’93 @ KUCI
Scouts of America double 7″
Put Strength in the Final Blow LP
U.S. Bombs EP
Garibaldi Guard! LP
Nevermind the Opened Minds EP
“Outtakes from a Beer City Basement” 7″
Jaks 10″ picture disc
War Birth LP
“split w/ The Bristles” 7″
The Great Lakes of Beer 7″
“Hobroken Dreams” 7″
The World LP
2001/Lost in America Live LP
“Tora Tora Tora” 7″
Back at the Laundromat LP
“Art Kills” 7″
Covert Action LP
Bomb Everything DVD
Put Strength in the Final Blow: Disaster Edition CD
“We are the Problem” 7″
We are the Problem LP
“Not Gonna Pay” 7″
Tickets to Heaven LP
Split with The Revolvers EP
Wayward Bantams LP
Long Legs LP
“Time Has Come Today” 7″
“Marshall Law” 7″ Split with Radio One
You Rot Me LP
Live Fast… Die Hunns LP
Live In Chi-Town DVD (Ambervillain Films)
“Hell Mary” and “Gunfighter” 7″
Duane Peters Gunfight LP
split w/ GG Allin 7″ (2 different versions, US and UK)
Forever Chess 7″
The Great Unwashed
Beautiful Tragedy LP
The Master Of Disaster Is No Stranger To The Thrill Of Agony Of Defeat
Shown Below Yet Another Duane Peters Invented Trick “The Indy Air”
This is a street skating spot that Rich Monday discovered while construction crews were still building it. It has a 5 foot transition wall and a lip at the top worthy of a nice grind, or in this case a long slider. At age 40 Rich Monday shows the youngsters, that some things do get better with age.
Legendary punk band BLACK FLAG has reformed and will play this year’s Hevy Fest, set to take place August 2-4 in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The group’s only 2013 appearance in the U.K. will mark the first time in 30 years that the band’s played in the country.
BLACK FLAG’s lineup for the show will include singer Ron Reyes, who was a member of the band during 1979-1980 (after Keith Morris but before Dez Cadena) and was featured on the “Jealous Again” EP. He will be joined by guitarist and founder Greg Ginn as well as bassist Chuck Dukowski and drummer Roberto “Robo” Valverde.
Vocalist Henry Rollins joined BLACK FLAG in 1981 and left five years later. He has since released several music albums and established himself as a spoken-word artist and book author.
Now we have “The Chase,” which could be described as the “second new song from BLACK FLAG in a generation.” That’s right — fans have had to wait 28 years for the follow-up to 1985’s In My Head and now we’ve got two new Black Flag tracks in as many weeks.
“They have undoubtedly had the greatest impact on DIY record distribution, underground touring and hardcore music of any band, before or since,” Hevy Fest’s announcement reads. “There is a whole generation of musicians and fans that would cite BLACK FLAG as being the most important band to have influenced them, without ever even having the chance to see them perform live, until now.”
May 14 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal Club
May 15 Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
May 16 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
May 17 Rome, Italy – The Orion
May 18 Hünxe, Germany – RUHRPOTT RODEO
May 20 Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien
May 23 Austin, TX – Infest
May 24 Dallas, TX – Trees
May 25 San Antonio, TX – The Korova
June 06 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
June 07 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
June 08 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
June 09 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
June 10 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
June 11 Erie, PA – The Crooked I
June 12 Albany, NY – Bogies NY
June 13 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
June 14 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
June 15 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
June 17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
June 18 Roanoke, VA – Growlers
June 19 Lexington, KY – Buster’s
June 20 Newport, KY – Southgate House
June 21 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
June 22 Fayetteville, AR – Rogue
July 10 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
July 11 Tempe, AZ – Club Red/Red Owl
July 12 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
July 13 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
July 14 Los Angeles, CA – Vex Arts
July 15 San Diego, CA – SomaSanDiego
July 16 Santa Cruz,CA – The Catalyst
July 17 Redway, CA – Mateel Community Center
July 18 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
July 19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
July 20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Chinese Cultural Centre
July 23 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Operahouse
July 24 Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater
Black Flag With New Release For First Time In 28 Years
Revived hardcore punk band Black Flag will release “What The…”, their first studio album in 28 years, on November 5th. The group put the 22-track album up on iTunes today for pre-orders and the sales were high.
Earlier this year, the group released two new songs that are included in the track list for “What the…” In May, they posted the song “Down in the Dirt” as a free download in exchange for an email address list signup. Shortly after that, Black Flag posted another new song, “The Chase,” as a video release.
Guitarist Greg Ginn, who co-founded Black Flag in 1976, announced the return of the group in January. Its lineup includes vocalist Ron Reyes, who sang on the band’s 1980 EP Jealous Again, as well as two new members, bassist Dave Klein and drummer Gregory Moore (who played drums at a Black Flag reunion show in 2003). In April, the group announced they would be releasing a new album. Ginn doesn’t want it to be about a reunion, or just some sort of greatest-hits act. It’s not Beatlemania, you know; for him, it’s about the music. So there has to be new music for him to even consider playing the old music.
Around the same time Ginn announced the band’s return, a group of ex–Black Flag members calling themselves simply “Flag” began touring, playing songs from the band’s catalog. In August, the guitarist filed a lawsuit against that band’s members and former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins over alleged trademark infringement and related issues. A U.S. District Court judge ruled in early October that he would not provide Ginn with a temporary injunction against his former band mates due to a lack of evidence.
1 My Heart’s Pumping
2 Down in the Dirt
3 Blood and Ashes
4 Now Is the Time
5 Wallow in Despair
6 Slow Your Ass Down
7 It’s so Absurd
8 Shut Up
9 This Is Hell
10 Go Away
11 The Bitter End
12 The Chase
13 I’m Sick
14 It’s Not My Time to Go-Go
16 Get Out of My Way
18 No Teeth
19 To Hell and Back
20 Give Me All Your Dough
21 You Gotta Be Joking
22 Off My Shoulders
So, I’m Maty Almost. Got into skate boarding and punk rock when I was 15, so for half my life now. Been a songwriter. Never had a solid band. Got a lot of things to contribute to this blog by way of rants, reviews, resources to look into and whatever other God unknown bull shit I can pull outta thin air. I’ve known Rich for about 2 years and we’ve talked about doing something like this for about that long. Now it’s time to make happen. For the past year we’ve been nurturing our facebook page Punx In Solidarity. So, that’s something to check out. Now, some may be wondering who the hell is this guy to have an opinion on anything? Well, no one really. Just an old skate punk who still has fire and rage burning to keep the scene real and organic. Not gonn cry about “sell outs” Not that big a deal and that’s its own blog entry. A bigger issue is those who are fake 100% all the time. We’ve all scene ‘em. Well, that’s enough of an intro. Gonna try for 2 entries a week for y’all. Have a good one and keep the fires of your scene and self burning!
– Maty Almost.
Black Flag Guitarist and Co-Founder Greg Ginn, vocalist Ron Reyes, drummer Gregory Moore, and touring bassist Dave Klein publicly slammed the Keith Morris led band Flag, by calling them a “‘fake’ Flag band currently covering the songs of BLACK FLAG in an embarrassingly weak ‘mailing it in’ fashion.”
Ginn follows up the comments by writing two debut songs directed at the ex Black Flag band members known as Flag called “Down In The Dirt” and “The Chase.”
One of punk’s most iconic band names has provoked a new lawsuit.
Guitarist Greg Ginn claims the touring band Flag, consisting of Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, infringes on Black Flag rights owned by him and his label, SST Records.
Fans may be confused to see two different groups performing this year under the name of Hermosa Beach punk outfit Black Flag — one fronted by founding guitarist Greg Ginn, and another touring as Flag with Ginn’s former band mates Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson.
Part of the lawsuit focuses on Dukowski, who previously sued Ginn and SST in 2007. At the time, Dukowski was insisting that he was entitled to a portion of Black Flag’s revenue because he was still a member of the band. They eventually settled, with Dukowski reportedly agreeing to never perform under the Black Flag name or use the logo for profit. Ginn claims he and his label, SST Records, exclusively own the rights to the Black Flag name (and “Flag” variation) and infamous logo, which Flag use on tour.
Ginn accuses Garfield and Morris of lying to the Trademark Office on registrations; using his own label’s record covers to feign as though they’ve been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979; and in what’s alleged to be an act of “outrageous fraud,” using bootleg SST T-shirts in an attempt to show they’ve been making such products in that time.
Also named as a defendant is Black Flag’s most famous former member Henry Rollins, known for his own music, current radio show on KCRW, a column in LA Weekly and a role on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
Ginn claims he and his label, SST Records, exclusively own the rights to the Black Flag name (and “Flag” variation) and logo, which Flag uses on tour.
Greg Ginn accuses Rollins and Morris of lying to the trademark office on registrations. He also accuses the members of FLAG of using his own label’s record covers to feign as though they’ve been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979, and, in what’s alleged to be an act of “outrageous fraud,” using bootleg SST Records t-shirts in an attempt to show they’ve been making such products in that time.
Interestingly, while not actually a part of any reunion, former vocalist (and most famous ex-member) Henry Rollins has also been named as a defendant. However, as divulged in the 55th, 56th, and 57th paragraphs of the suit on September 12, 2012, Rollins (aka “Henry Garfield”) and Keith Morris jointly applied to trademark the term “Black Flag,” as well as the Black Flag logo.
Rollins has noted several times — the following quote is from a 2011 Post article were Rollins states that “Greg Ginn doesn’t pay royalties. No royalties, no statements, nothing. At least not to me and several of my old band mates.”
However, a judge has found that SST has no rights to the Black Flag copyright; Ginn has special rights to any of the trademarks; neither Ginn nor the label cared about copyrghts or trademarks until now; Rollins never quit Black Flag (technically correct, since it was Ginn who “quit” the band in 1985, not Rollins); and fans are smart enough to know which band is which.
(1) the court found that SST had no rights in the trademarks;
(2) Ginn seemed to have no individual rights in the Black Flag trademarks;
(3) even if either had had any rights in those marks, they had abandoned those rights through a failure to police the mark for nearly 30 years;
(4) the defendants’ claim that the Black Flag assets were owned by a statutory partnership comprised of various former band members – even if these members only consisted of Henry and Ginn, based on (a) accepting Ginn’s argument that he never quit and given that there is no evidence or allegation that Henry ever quit – has merit;
(5) that even if the plaintiffs had some trademark claim in the marks, there was no likelihood of consumer confusion between Black Flag and Flag given the ample press coverage over the dispute; and
(6) the trademark application and registration that Henry and Keith made was done in good faith (e.g. not fraudulently) – and is thus not necessarily subject to cancellation – given that they understood their actions to have been done on the part of the Black Flag partnership (see No. 4, above).
The Verbicide Magazine Posted an actual copy of the filed Suit Below: