Points for the two references in the title. I’ve been a fan of Henry Rollins the spoken word troll. He’s not really a troll it just sounded funny. As some folks know he has a column for the LA Weekly (like the defunct Boston Phoenix or current Dig Boston for reference). If you have never seen him live, he’s entertaining. I think some part of me has always wanted to be like Rollins in that he has done a lot more through his writing than he did through his music. I remember when he used to write articles for Spin Magazine. Unfortunately Bob Guccione’s son would sexually harrass that magazine to extinction. Too bad because Rollingstone magazine could have used the competition instead of the bloated gas bag it has become. As for Rollins, he had this bad ass tattoo on his back which was of the dark sun and it read “Search and Destroy”. Allegedly he updated the tattoo to read (Re)search and Destroy. I almost committed to getting that exact tattoo, luckily the tattoo parlor I went to was closed and I ultimately remain tattoo free to this day. Henry does his homework and he does come across as an earnest man. Which again I think is part of the appeal. There are times I would like to hear more of his music war stories, his current rants and spoken tours can be just as entertaining. Was there a point to this post? No. Not really, just giving props to a Punk Icon done good. His latest column from the LA Weekly is here – http://www.laweekly.com/music/henry-rollins-trumps-win-has-shredded-the-veil-of-civility-and-maybe-its-about-time-7593045
I’m curious how many readers know what the real reference to O Henry really is? Doesn’t matter, that isn’t what this is about. What does matter is I just found that Henry Rollins has a regular column in the LA Weekly newspaper! Link is below. I’ve loved Rollins more of a spoken word kinda guy rather than his stints with Black Flag and of course his own Rollins Band. That doesn’t mean I don’t like his music, in fact I’m a big fan but over the years I’ve really enjoyed the books he’s written and I did have the pleasure of catching him at the Berklee Performance center many years ago. He was so entertaining that I did not realize that he spoke for three hours straight! Clearly, I got my moneys worth. He is clearly a bright man and he researches his subjects thoroughly. While I may not entirely agree with everything he says he does challenge me to come up with a valid reason to disagree with him. Again, not about me. I remember the first time I read anything of his, it was an editorial on the last page of Spin Magazine, this was back in the early 90’s. It was a funny piece about tracking down “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen, in fact I should try and hunt that article down. From there Rollins started his own publishing company – 2.13.61 which of course is his birthday. I’ve read several books of his including the book Planet Joe which was written by his friend Joe Cole, the very man who was shot to death when Rollin’s place was robbed. I was skeptical when the Rollins popularity train was leaving the station full of steam. He started showing up in movies, TV and anywhere else that would have him as a guest. I was ready to dislike him, but he has survived well and he is an earnest/honest man. His popularity has not made him a bloated ass and I think his popularity grows stronger every year. With all of that, if you have never seen him live check him out. You will not be disappointed!
Henry Rollins for the LA Weekly
In particular, my latest rants on the music scene was summed up nicely in this article he wrote a couple of weeks ago – Henry Rollins: Musical Elitism Is For Lightweights