REALITY 86’d: Documentary of Black Flag final tour
There’s not a huge amount to say about this one; it’s an hour-long documentary following Black Flag on their final tour in 1986, including various pieces of live footage (you get ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’, ‘In My Head’, ‘Loose Nut’, ‘Drinking & Driving’ and ‘Louie Louie’), plus the same for Gone and Painted Willie who accompanied Black Flag on tour, interspersed with assorted interviews of punk kids and confused-looking locals, horseplay and bullshit. It’s cool to see the live footage and get a snapshot of how these bands entertained themselves whilst on tour (answer: just like everyone else with no money does). The volume is pretty low and inconsistent so be sure to crank it up.
Three bands and crew (a combined total of 13 individuals), 2 Dodge Ram extended cab vans, one equipment truck, one PA system traverse the continental US for six months. A road documentary shot from the inside of the last Black Flag tour ever (the 1986 “In My Head” US tour.) Greg Ginn along with Henry Rollins, Cel Revulta, and Anthony Martinez comprise the final line up of the band. Featuring behind the scenes proceedings and live performances from Black Flag, Painted Willie, and Gone (Ginn’s side project, then featuring Sim Cain and Andrew Weiss (later of the Rollins Band) . David Markey was along for the entire trip as the drummer / singer for Painted Willie (with Phil Newman & Vic Makauskas), documenting the six month tour with his Super-8 camera as it happened. Also features roadie Joe (“Planet Joe”) Cole, soundmen Davo Claasen and Dave “Ratman” Levine, and the tour manager who kept it all together, Mitch Bury. A crucial turning point in American underground rock. The end of the line for a trail blazing American band.
Shot in 1986 and completed by director David Markey in 1991 for We Got Power Films, approx. 62 min, Super 8 film.