25 Years of Bullshit
Henry Rollins performs on his spoken word tour tonight at the Palace of Fine Arts. I watched his “Talking from the Box” DVD a few years ago and was quite impressed with his insights and rhetoric. For those of you asking, “Who is Henry Rollins?”, I’ll give you a short and sweet bio.
Henry Rollins was born Henry Garfield in Washington DC, in 1961. When he was 20, a friend gave him a copy of Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown. At an impromptu show in a bar, he asked to sing “Clocked In.” As vocalist Dez Cadena was going to switch to guitar, the band invited Garfield to a rehearsal. Impressed by his stage presence, they asked him to become their permanent vocalist. Rollins toured and recorded with Black Flag from 1981 until their breakup in 1986. Rollins began publishing his own books during his time with Black Flag. His early efforts were self-made volumes (photocopied and stapled), though he quickly began printing chapbooks before moving on an independent publisher. He also tours as a spoken-word artist, focusing mostly on social topics, as well as recounting his life experiences. His blend of self-deprecating humor and serious discussion of important social issues has gained him great popularity. In 2004 he became an outspoken human rights activist, most vocally a crusader for gay rights. He has pinpointed the rights for gays to marry as a “vital issue impeding on the rights of Americans today.” He was the host of a benefit concert called “WedRocks” to raise money for a pro-gay-marriage organization. He is also a spokesperson for the WM3 Legal Defense Fund.