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Rollins, Henry

Henry Rollins

Singer, songwriter

For the Record

Found Personal Drive

Rollins Band Took Shape

Published Written Work

Career as Actor and TV Host

Selected discography

Selected writings

Sources

Formidable and fiercely independent, recording artist Henry Rollins has earned an array of titles from music reviewers; Chris Mundy, writing for Rolling Stone in 1992, called Rollins punks poet laureate and a primal scream personified. Hobey Echlin applied another label in Detroits Metro Times, terming Rollins the post-punk generations prophet of rage. These epithets capture the dual nature of Rollinss reputation: brutal rebelliousness characterizes his work as vocalist for Black Flag and the Rollins Band, two of the hardest hard-core bands in punk history, while Rollinss discipline and thoughtful observations of humankind inform his creative output as an essayist, poet, and spoken-word performer. In both incarnations, Rollins is revered by leaders of the punk and alternative rock camps.

Rollins was born Henry Garfield on February 13, 1961, in Washington, D.C. His childhood was shaped by a barrage of painful experiences, among them his parents divorce when he was still quite young, his fathers abuse and emotional abandonment, unwanted sexual encounters, and the torment of classmates who singled Rollins out for being different. After his parents split up, he lived with his mother, moving from apartment to apartment. One of his few positive memories of that time, according to a self-penned 1992 Imago Recording Company press biography, was of the music that remained a constant in his ever-relocating home. [My mother] played a lot of records and went to plays and musicals. There was music in the house all the time. I used to take her records into my room and play them until they were all scratched up. He recalled enjoying a range of jazz and Motown before discovering hard rock. In high school, he found the underground world of punk, including the Los Angeles-based hard-core ensemble Black Flag.

The anger and isolation that Rollins experienced as a child intensified when he was enrolled in a military academy. In an essay titled Iron and the Soul that appeared in Details, Rollins characterized his life there, writing about the humiliation of teachers calling me garbage can and telling me Id be mowing lawns for a living. And the very real terror of my fellow students. I was skinny and clumsy, and when others would tease me I didnt run home crying, wondering why. I knew all too well. I was there to be antagonized. It was in the midst of this hell, however, that Rollins was introduced to something that would make made him feel strong and valuable; an advisor named Mr. Pepperman a powerfully built Vietnam veteran, put Rollins on a weight-training program, an intensive discipline that prohibited him from becoming preoccupied with the look of his body or the intimidation that it could inflict on others. At no time was I to look at myself in the mirror or tell anyone at school what I was doing, he recalled.

The regimen had a powerful effect on Rollins, altering both his physique and his sense of self-esteem. I saw

For the Record

Born Henry Garfield on February 13, 1961, in Washington, D.C. Education: Spent one semester at college, 1979.

Managed reptile department of pet shop, late 1970s, and ice cream shop, 1979-81; became singer with band Black Flag, 1981; became spoken-word performer, 1983; formed book publishing (and later mail-order and video) company 2.13.61, 1984; Black Flag disbanded, 1986; formed Rollins Band, 1987; band recorded with independent labels Texas Hotel and QuarterStick, late 1980s; signed with Imago Recording Company, 1991; band released The End of Silence, 1992; released spoken-word album The Boxed Life, 1993; contributor to Elle magazine and commentator for MTV Sports, beginning in 1994; appeared in film The Chase, 1994; established labels Zero Zero and Now Hear This, 1994; released Grammy Award-winning spoken-word recording Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag, 1995; with Rollins Band, released Come In and Burn, 1997, and Get Some, Go Again, 2000; has appeared in films including Johnny Mnemonic, Heat, and Lost Highway, late 1990s-early 2000s; host of Night Visions on Fox television network, 2001-.

Awards: Grammy Award, Best Spoken Word Recording for Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag, 1994; Man of the Year, Details magazine, 1994.

Addresses: Business 2.13.61, P.O. Box 1910, Los Angeles, CA 90078, e-mail: twol361@aol.com. Website Henry Rollins Official Website: http://www.21361.com.

a body, not just the shell that housed my stomach and my heart, he wrote. My biceps bulged. My chest had definition. I felt strong. It was the first time I can remember having a sense of myself. Rollins understood that the strength he had acquired could be attributed more fully to his emotional convictions than to his body. He explained, Muscle mass does not always equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart.

Found Personal Drive

Once he had learned control and dedication from the iron, Rollins was able to apply his new-found drive to everything else in his life. Describing his adolescence to Musician contributor Jon Pareles, Rollins said, If we were into something, we were living it. Skateboards, 24 hours a day. Bikes. Whatever we were doing. I worked at a pet shop, I ran the reptile department, inventoried, ordered, did everything. Anything I was into I would just land on and totally take over. Id want to do 80 hours a day.

After graduating from high school in 1979, Rollins became involved in the local hard-core punk scene with the same energy. He tried college, but left after one semester. While working at a friends ice cream store, where he quickly rose to manager, Rollins would spend his off hours watching the bands that he loved, like D.C.s punk-reggae hybrid Bad Brains. One night, he drove to New York City to see Black Flag perform; leaving right after his shift at the store and planning to return in time to open up again the next morning. When he requested a song that night, the band let him come up on stage to sing with them, andin an odd take on the Cinderella storythe members of Black Flag asked Rollins to return for an audition a few days later; they just happened to be looking for a new vocalist.

Rollins began singing with Black Flag in 1981 and stayed with the group until guitarist and nominal leader Greg Ginn dissolved it in 1986. During that time, he became both an integral part of Black Flags imagethough the band had been around since 1976and developed a solid reputation of his own. Larry Birnbaum captured Rollinss typical stage presence in a 1984 concert review for Down Beat, reporting, The muscular, heavily tattooed Rollins made his entrance, clad only in gym shorts. A charismatic figure a la Iggy Pop, he posed and strutted along the lip of the stage, barking and screeching the lyrics with professional aplomb as he fended off attempts by his adoring fans to pull his pants down.

But touring and recording with the band, though it brought a certain fame, by no means made Rollinss life glamorous. Steve Appleford, a writer for Cream, noted that Black Flag spent a lot of time sleeping in parking lots, in train stations, sometimes even shoplifting food, eating off other peoples plates in restaurants and hiding from the police, white power groups, religious zealots and a constant media assault.

Rollins Band Took Shape

After the bands dissolution, Rollins turned immediately to his next project. He contacted guitarist Chris Haskett and, within four months, had produced the record Hot Animal Machine. By April of 1987, when Rollins recruited drummer Sim Cain and bassist Andrew Weiss, the Rollins Band was starting to solidify; the group soon added a permanent sound man or stylist from Holland, Theo Van Rock. That lineup would remain until 1993, when Weiss departed.

The Rollins Band began touring and recording in the Rollins styleobsessivelyand quickly produced a series of records on independent labels. They blossomed into an underground sensation, followed by Rollinss old fans from the Black Flag era and new admirers from the marginal hard-core audience. Rollins described the band as a well-kept secret to Spins Jim Greer, explaining, In the past, wed do all these tours and all these records and, you know, the records arent even in print, the tours never get promoted. Were kind of like this band that doesnt really exist. But that began to change in the summer of 1991, when the Rollins Band went on tour with the Lollapalooza Festival. Their popularity with festival audiences led to a deal with a major recording label, Imago, and an album that generated a great deal of press attention.

Following the release of The End of Silence in 1992, superlative reviews from the most august rock magazines began to roll in. Rolling Stones Mundy couldnt decide whether it was the heaviest jazz record in history or the most intricate hardcore document to date. Mike Gitter called the Rollins aggregate one of the hardest, most musically deft rock bands under the sun in his Pulse! review. The band members, and Rollins in particular, suddenly found themselves in demand on television talk shows. The ever-articulate Rollins has appeared on Up All Night, Alive From Off Center, The Dennis Miller Show, and The Arsenio Hall Show. Following the success of The End of Silence, Imago also produced the first major recording of Rollinss spoken-word performances, The Boxed Life. Consequently, Rollinss exploding reputation as a rocker was powerfully supplemented by recognition for his talents as a poet, improvisational speaker, and stand-up comedian (fans had long appreciated his wry sense of humor).

Published Written Work

Rollins had begun the spoken-word performancesa kind of anti-high-culture version of poetry readingin 1983. A year later, he was publishing volumes of his own written work. He has described himself as being as consumed with his writing as he is with his music, revealing in Melody Maker, I first started writing in high school, but it was no big deal. I started taking it seriously when I was with Black Flag, partly to pass the time on the tour bus and partly to document the intense swirl of events we were caught up in. Ive tried to write constantly since then. Early in 1993 he was juggling five writing projects at once, including a history of Black Flag based on his journals. Aside from the occasional essay printed in Spin or Details, Rollins has released his written work exclusively through his own publishing company, 2.13.61 (his birth date), which he founded in 1984. I try to take as little sh** as possible from the powers that be, he illuminated in his Imago press biography. I know that we all have to eat some in lifes rich pageant. I figured that I could minimize the intake if I could control the release of my work as much as possible. Rollins won a Grammy Award for the spoken-word recording Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag in 1995.

Rollinss life almost spun out of control in 1991, when his friend Joe Cole was gunned down outside of Rollinss Los Angeles apartment building in a robbery attempt. He poured his rage and grief into Now Watch Him Die, a volume that was published in the summer of 1993. In a Rolling Stone interview that year, Rollins told David Fricke: When your best friend gets murdered five feet away from you, it changes you. I always have that experience now permanently riding on my shoulder. Im more aware of time, more aware of mortality, and Im not so precious about life anymore. Youre eventually going to die. Use the time wisely because it is running out, but dont freak out about it.

In addition to his work with the Rollins band, his spoken-word performances, and his involvement in 2.13.61, Rollins has managed to devote his considerable energy to other projects as well; he has acted as vocalist for Andrew Weisss band Wartime, and he established a record label with Rick Rubin, president of American Recordings. The imprintOne Recordswill focus on uncovering and re-releasing recordings from the 1970s and 1980s that are out of print.

In 1993, bassist Melvin Gibbs joined the Rollins Band; a follow-up release to The End of SilenceWeight appeared in 1994. Weight, reaching the Billboard top 40 and becoming Rollinss biggest commercial success, received a Grammy Award nomination. It was followed by a tour that included Woosdtock 94 and a Details Man of the Year recognition. Rollins once explained his workaholic drive to Gary Graff of the Detroit Free Press as the only way he knows to confront a painful life with defiance and commitment: I dont want to blow my head off. I dont want to take pharmaceuticals, either. So I lift weights, scream into microphones, hit keys on the typewriter.

Career as Actor and TV Host

Sent into overdrive by the success of Weight, Rollins appeared on MTV and VH-1, and ventured into film with an appearance in The Chase. Details also made Rollins a regularly contributing columnist. The Rollins Band label, Imago, shut down, and after their jazz and poetry experiment project Everything, the band made a new deal with DreamWorks. The first albums on DreamWorks were the poorly reviewed Come In and Burn, and Black Coffee Blues, both in 1997. Black Coffee Blues was another spoken-word recording, and featured readings from previous Rollins books. Think Tank released in 1998was not linked to any books.

At this time, Rollins decided to split up the old Rollins Band, dissatisfied with their latest attempts, and invited Mother Superior to join him to make up the new Rollins Band. In 2000, they released Get Some, Go Again. He describes on his website, www.21361.com, how it came together: At the beginning of 1998, my friends and favorite LA band, Mother Superior, asked if I would produce some tracks for their next record. I was honored and got on board. The outcome was their fine record Deep After the collaboration, Rollins asked Mother Superior to return the favor and write some songs with him. They booked some rehearsal time, and oddly enough, ended up in the same studio where Rollins had first practiced with Black Flag. Rollins and Mother Superior wrote three songs that night that Rollins says, were exactly the kind of music that I had always wanted to make. Im very happy with Get Some, Go Again. I like the sounds, the playing, the takes, the soul and the passion, and feel that I have given it everything Ive got. Im very proud of the record.

In 2001, Rollins released another spoken-word recording, Rollins in the Wry, about his time living in Los Angeles in 1999. He appeared in films including Johnny Mnemonic, Heat, and Lost Highway in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He describes himself as a post-punk renaissance man, one who is equally at home recording albums with the Rollins Band, writing books and poetry, performing spoken-word tours, writing a magazine column, acting in movies, and appearing on MTV as a VJ. He also began hosting the Fox television networks Night Visions, a Twilight Zone-like drama, in 2001.

Selected discography

With Black Flag; on SST Records

My War, 1983.

Family Man, 1984.

Slip It In, 1984.

Live 84, 1984.

Loose Nut, 1985.

The Process of Weeding Out, 1985.

In My Head, 1985.

Whos Got the 10, 1986.

With the Rollins Band

Hot Animal Machine, Texas Hotel, 1987.

Drive By Shooting, Texas Hotel, 1987.

Life Time, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Do It, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Hard Volume, Texas Hotel, 1989.

Turned On, QuarterStick Records, 1990.

The End of Silence, Imago, 1992.

Weight (includes Liar), Imago, 1994.

Come In and Burn, DreamWorks, 1997.

Get Some, Go Again, DreamWorks, 2000.

Spoken-word recordings

Short Walk on a Long Pier, Texas Hotel/2.13.61, 1987.

Big Ugly Mouth, Texas Hotel, 1987; reissued, QuarterStick, 1992.

Sweatbox, Texas Hotel, 1989; reissued, QuarterStick, 1992.

Live at McCabes, QuarterStick, 1992.

Human Butt, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

Deep Throat, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

The Boxed Life, Imago, 1993.

Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag, 1995.

Think Tank (live), DreamWorks, 1998.

A Rollins in the Wry, Quarterstick, 2001.

Selected writings

The Portable Henry Rollins, Villard Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Published by 2.13.61

20, 1984.

2.13.61, 1985.

End to End, 1985.

Polio Flesh, 1985.

Works, 1988.

1000 Ways to Die, 1989.

Knife Street, 1989.

Art to Choke Hearts, 1989.

High Adventure in the Great Outdoors (includes 2.13.61, End to End, Polio Flesh), 1990.

Bang! (includes 1000 Ways to Die and Knife Street), 1990.

One From None, 1991.

Black Coffee Blues, 1992.

See a Grown Man Cry, 1992.

Now Watch Him Die, 1993.

Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag, 1994.

Eye Scream, 1996.

Do I Come Here Often, 1997.

Solipsist, 1998.

Sources

Periodicals

Creem, May 1992.

Details, January 1993; January 1994.

Detriot Free Press, April 17, 1992.

Detroit News, May 1, 1993.

Down Beat, December 1984.

Entertainment Weekly, March 12, 1993.

Los Angeles Daily News, May 31, 1992.

Melody Maker, February 13, 1993.

Metro Times (Detriot), March 3, 1993.

Musician, April 1993.

People, August 13, 2001.

Pulse!, April 1992.

Rolling Stone, April 16, 1992; March 18, 1993; December 23, 1993.

Spin, May 1992.

TV Guide, September 26, 1992.

Online

Henry Rollins, All Music Guide, http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.d11?p=amg&sql=B8zadqj4bojja~C (December 13, 2001).

Rollins History, 2.13.61, http://www.two1361.com/hr/rollinsHistory.html (October 12, 2001).

Additional information was obtained from an Imago Recording Company press biography, 1992.

Ondine E. Le Blanc

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Rollins, Henry

Henry Rollins

Singer, songwriter, author, spoken-word performer

Iron and Soul

Invited to Audition for Black Flag

Obsessive About Rollins Band

Selected writings

Selected discography

Sources

Formidable and fiercely independent, recording artist Henry Rollins has earned an array of titles from music reviewers; Chris Mundy, writing for Rolling Stone in 1992, called Rollins punks poet laureate and a primal scream personified. Hobey Echlin applied another label in Detroits Metro Times, terming Rollins the post-punk generations prophet of rage. These epithets capture the dual nature of Rollinss reputation: brutal rebelliousness characterizes his work as vocalist for Black Flag and the Rollins Band, two of the hardest hard-core bands in punk history, while Rollinss discipline and thoughtful observations of humankind inform his creative output as an essayist, poet, and spoken-word performer. In both incarnations, Rollins is revered by leaders of the punk and alternative rock camps.

Rollins was born Henry Garfield on February 13, 1961, in Washington, D.C. His childhood was shaped by a barrage of painful experiences, among them his parents divorce when he was still quite young, his fathers abuse and emotional abandonment, unwanted sexual encounters, and the torment of classmates who singled Rollins out for being different. After his parents split up, he lived with his mother, moving from apartment to apartment. One of his few positive memories of that time, according to a self-penned 1992 Imago Recording Company press biography, was of the music that remained a constant in his ever-relocating home: [My mother] played a lot of records and went to plays and musicals. There was music in the house all the time.... I used to take her records into my room and play them until they were all scratched up. He recalled enjoying a range of jazz and Motown before discovering hard rock; finally, in high school, he found the underground world of punk, including the Los Angeles-based hardcore ensemble Black Flag.

Iron and Soul

The anger and isolation that Rollins experienced as a child intensified when he was enrolled in a military academy. In an essay titled Iron and the Soul that appeared in Details magazine, Rollins characterized his life there, writing, The humiliation of teachers calling me garbage can and telling me Id be mowing lawns for a living. And the very real terror of my fellow students.... I was skinny and clumsy, and when others would tease me I didnt run home crying, wondering why. I knew all too well. I was there to be antagonized. It was in the midst of this hell, however, that Rollins was introduced to something that would make made him

For the Record

Born Henry Garfield, February 13, 1961, in Washington D.C. Education: Spent one semester at college, 1979.

Managed reptile department of pet shop, late 1970s, and ice cream shop, 1979-81. Became singer with band Black Flag, 1981; became spoken-word performer, 1983; formed book publishing (and later mail-order and video) company 2.13.61, 1984; Black Flag disbanded, 1986; formed Rollins Band, 1987; band recorded with independent labels Texas Hotel and QuarterStick, late 1980s; signed with Imago Recording Company, 1991; band released The End of Silence, 1992; released spoken-word album The Boxed Life, 1993; contributor to Elle magazine and commentator for MTV Sports, beginning in 1994; appeared in film The Chase, 1994; established labels Zero Zero and Now Hear This, 1994.

Addresses: Office 2.13.61, P.O. Box 1910, Los Angeles, CA 90078.

feel strong and valuable; an advisor named Mr. Pepperman, a powerfully built Vietnam veteran, put Rollins on a weight-training programan intensive discipline that prohibited him from becoming preoccupied with the look of his body or the intimidation that it could inflict on others. At no time was I to look at myself in the mirror or tell anyone at school what I was doing, he recalled.

The regimen had a powerful effect on Rollins, altering both his physique and his sense of self-esteem. I saw a body, not just the shell that housed my stomach and my heart, he wrote. My biceps bulged. My chest had definition. I felt strong. It was the first time I can remember having a sense of myself. Rollins understood that the strength he had acquired could be attributed more fully to his emotional convictions than to his body; he explained, Muscle mass does not always equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart.

Once he had learned control and dedication from the iron, Rollins was able to apply his new-found drive to everything else in his life. Describing his adolescence to Musician contributor Jon Pareles, Rollins said, If we were into something, we were living it.... Skateboards, 24 hours a day. Bikes. Whatever we were doing. I worked at a pet shop, I ran the reptile department, inventoried, ordered, did everything. Anything I was into I would just land on and totally take over. Id want to do 80 hours a day.

Invited to Audition for Black Flag

After graduating from high school in 1979, Rollins became involved in the local hard-core punk scene with the same energy. He tried college, but left after one semester. While working at a friends ice cream store, where he quickly rose to manager, Rollins would spend his off hours watching the bands that he loved, like D.C.s punk-reggae hybrid Bad Brains. One night, he drove to New York City to see Black Flag performleaving right after his shift at the store and planning to return in time to open up again the next morning. When he requested a song that night, the band let him come up on stage to sing with them, andin an odd take on the Cinderella storythe members of Black Flag asked Rollins to return for an audition a few days later; they just happened to be looking for a new vocalist.

Rollins began singing with Black Flag in 1981 and would stay with the group until guitarist and nominal leader Greg Ginn dissolved it in 1986. During that time, he became both an integral part of Black Flags imagethough the band had been around since 1976and developed a solid reputation of his own. Larry Birnbaum captured Rollinss typical stage presence in a 1984 concert review for Down Beat, reporting, The muscular, heavily tattooed Rollins... made his entrance, clad only in gym shorts. A charismatic figure a la Iggy Pop, he posed and strutted along the lip of the stage, barking and screeching the lyrics with professional aplomb as he fended off attempts by his adoring fans to pull his pants down.

But touring and recording with the band, though it brought a certain fame, by no means made Rollinss life glamorous. Steve Appleford, a writer for Cream, noted that Black Flag spent a lot of time sleeping in parking lots, in train stations, sometimes even shoplifting food, eating off other peoples plates in restaurants and hiding from the police, white power groups, religious zealots and a constant media assault.

After the bands dissolution, Rollins turned immediately to his next project. He contacted guitarist Chris Haskett and, within four months, had produced the record Hot Animal Machine. By April of 1987, when Rollins recruited drummer Sim Cain and bassist Andrew Weiss, the Rollins Band was starting to solidify; the group soon added a permanent sound man or stylist from Holland, Theo Van Rock. That line-up would remain until 1993, when Weiss departed.

Obsessive About Rollins Band

The Rollins Band began touring and recording in the Rollins styleobsessivelyand quickly produced a series of records on independent labels. They blossomed into an underground sensation, followed by Rollinss old fans from the Black Flag era and new admirers from the marginal hard-core audience. Rollins described the band as a well-kept secret to Spins Jim Greer, explaining, In the past, wed do all these tours and all these records and, you know, the records arent even in print, the tours never get promoted. Were kind of like this band that doesnt really exist. But that began to change in the summer of 1991, when the the Rollins Band went on tour with the Lollapalooza Festival. Their popularity with festival audiences led to a deal with a major recording label, Imago, and an album that generated a great deal of press attention.

Following the release of The End of Silence in 1992, superlative reviews from the most august rock magazines began rolled in. Rolling Stones Mundy couldnt decide whether it was the heaviest jazz record in history or the most intricate hardcore document to date. Mike Gitter called the Rollins aggregate one of the hardest, most musically deft rock bands under the sun in his Pulse! review. The band members, and Rollins in particular, suddenly found themselves in demand on television talk shows. The ever-articulate Rollins has appeared on Up All Night, Alive From Off Center, The Dennis Miller Show, and The Arsenio Hall Show. Following the success of The End of Silence, Imago also produced the first major recording of Rollinss spoken-word performances, The Boxed Life. Consequently, Rollinss exploding reputation as a rocker was powerfully supplemented by recognition for his talents as a poet, improvisational speaker, and stand-up comedian (fans had long appreciated his wry sense of humor).

Rollins had begun the spoken-word performancesa kind of anti-high-culture version of poetry readingin 1983; a year later, he was publishing volumes of his own written work. He has described himself as being as consumed with his writing as he is with his music, revealing in Melody Maker, I first started writing in High School, but it was no big deal. I started taking it seriously when I was with Black Flag, partly to pass the time on the tour bus and partly to document the intense swirl of events we were caught up in. Ive tried to write constantly since then. Early in 1993 he was juggling five writing projects at once, including a history of Black Flag based on his journals. Aside from the occasional essay printed in Spin or Details, Rollins has released his written work exclusively through his own publishing company, 2.13.61 (his birth date), which he founded in 1984. I try to take as little shit as possible from the powers that be, he illuminated in his Imago press biography. I know that we all have to eat some in lifes rich pageant. I figured that I could minimize the intake if I could control the release of my work as much as possible.

Rollinss life almost spun out of control in 1991, when his friend Joe Cole was gunned down outside of Rollinss Los Angeles apartment building in a robbery attempt. He poured his rage and grief into Now Watch Him Die, a volume that was published in the summer of 1993. In a Rolling Stone interview that year, Rollins told David Fricke: When your best friend gets murdered five feet away from you, it changes you. I always have that experience now permanently riding on my shoulder. Im more aware of time, more aware of mortality, and Im not so precious about life anymore. Youre eventually going to die. Use the time wisely because it is running out, but dont freak out about it.

In addition to his work with the Rollins band, his spoken-word performances, and his involvement in 2.13.61, Rollins has managed to devote his considerable energy to other projects as well; he has acted as vocalist for Andrew Weisss band Wartime, and he established a record label with Rick Rubin, president of American Recordings; the imprint, One Records, will focus on uncovering and rereleasing recordings from the 1970s and 1980s that are currently out of print.

In 1993, bassist Melvin Gibbs joined the Rollins Band; a follow-up release to The End of Silence was planned for the spring of 1994. No doubt a tour would follow. Rollins once explained his workaholic drive to Gary Graff of the Detroit Free Press as the only way he knows to confront a painful life with defiance and commitment: I dont want to blow my head off.... I dont want to take pharmaceuticals, either. So I lift weights, scream into microphones, hit keys on the typewriter.

Selected writings

Published by 2.13.61

20, 1984.

2.13.61, 1985.

End to End, 1985.

Polio Flesh, 1985.

Works, 1988.

1000 Ways to Die, 1989.

Knife Street, 1989.

Art to Choke Hearts, 1989.

High Adventure in the Great Outdoors (includes 2.13.61, End to End, and Polio Flesh), 1990.

Bang! (includes 1000 Ways to Die and Knife Street), 1990.

One From None, 1991.

Black Coffee Blues, 1992.

See a Grown Man Cry, 1992.

Now Watch Him Die, 1993.

Selected discography

With Black Flag; on SST Records

My War, 1983.

Family Man, 1984.

Slip It In, 1984.

Live 84, 1984.

Loose Nut, 1985.

The Process of Weeding Out, 1985.

In My Head, 1985.

Whos Got the 10, 1986.

With the Rollins Band

Hot Animal Machine, Texas Hotel, 1987.

Drive By Shooting, Texas Hotel Records, 1987.

Life Time, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Do It, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Hard Volume, Texas Hotel, 1989.

Turned On, QuarterStick Records, 1990.

The End of Silence, Imago, 1992.

The Weight, Imago, 1994.

Spoken-word recordings

Short Walk on a Long Pier, Texas Hotel/2.13.61, 1987.

Big Ugly Mouth, Texas Hotel, 1987, reissued, QuarterStick, 1992.

Sweatbox, Texas Hotel, 1989, reissued, QuarterStick, 1992.

Live at McCabes, QuarterStick, 1992.

Human Butt, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

Deep Throat, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

The Boxed Life, Imago, 1993.

Sources

Creem, May 1992.

Details, January 1993; January 1994.

Detriot Free Press, April 17, 1992.

Detroit News, May 1, 1993.

Down Beat, December 1984.

Entertainment Weekly, March 12, 1993.

Los Angeles Daily News, May 31, 1992.

Melody Maker, February 13, 1993.

Metro Times (Detriot), March 3, 1993.

Musician, April 1993.

Pulse!, April 1992.

Rolling Stone, April 16, 1992; March 18, 1993; December 23, 1993.

Spin, May 1992.

TV Guide, September 26, 1992.

Additional information for this profile was obtained from an Imago Recording Company press biography, 1992.

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Rollins, Henry 1961–

ROLLINS, Henry 1961

PERSONAL

Original name, Henry Garfield; born February 13, 1961, in Washington, DC; son of Iris Garfield. Education: Attended American University, c. 1979. Avocational Interests: Reading, weightlifting.

Addresses: Office 2.13.61, P.O. Box 1910, Los Angeles, CA 90078. Agent United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; (voice work) William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager Tiffany Kuzon, Evolution Entertainment, 901 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Career: Actor, musician, and writer. State of Alert, lead singer, until 1981; Black Flag, lead singer, 198186; Rollins Band, founder, songwriter, and lead singer, 1987; also vocalist with the band Wartime. Spoken word performer, 1983. 2.13.61 (book publisher, mail order, and video company), founder, 1984, publisher, 1984; Human Pitbull Music Publishing, principal; founder of record labels, including Zero Zero, One Records, Now Hear This, Infinite Zero, and 213CD. Performer at Woodstock '94 and entertainer on USO tours. Also worked as a manager of a pet shop reptile department in the late 1970s and as a manager of an ice cream shop, 197981.

Awards, Honors: Named "man of the year," Details magazine; Grammy Award nomination, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, c. 1994, for Weight; Grammy Award, best spoken word album, 1995, for Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag; Grammy Award nomination, best metal performance, 1995, for "Liar."

CREDITS

Film Appearances:

The Slog Movie, 1982.

(With Black Flag) Black Flag Live, 1984.

The Right Side of My Brain (short film), 1985.

Officer Dobbs, The Chase, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1994.

Himself, Jugular Wine: A Vampire Odyssey (also known as Jugular Wine ), Pagan Pictures, 1994.

Ten Monologues from the Lives of the Serial Killers, Reiks Hadders, 1994.

Hugh Benny, Heat, Warner Bros., 1995.

Spider, Johnny Mnemonic (also known as Johnny Mnemonique and JM ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1995.

Guard Henry, Lost Highway, October Films, 1996.

Sid Gronic, Jack Frost (also known as Frost ), Warner Bros., 1998.

Monroe, Morgan's Ferry, Artist View Entertainment, 1999.

Himself, My Generation (documentary), Cabin Creek Films/Mikado Films/PolyGram Diversified Entertainment, 2000.

Voice of Benjamin "Ben" Knox/Bonk, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (animated; also known as Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker and Return of the Joker ), Warner Bros., 2000.

Gaines, Time Lapse (also known as Past Tense ), Trimark Video, 2001.

Greg, Scenes of the Crime, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2001.

Himself, Dogtown and ZBoys (documentary), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

Himself, Jackass: The Movie (also known as Jackass ), MTV Films/Paramount, 2002.

Johnny Miracle, Psychic Murders, Skullrock Entertainment, 2002.

Warden, The New Guy, Columbia, 2002.

Arthur, A House on a Hill, Calliope Films, 2003.

TNT leader, Bad Boys II, Columbia, 2003.

Voice, Live Freaky Die Freaky, Hellcat Pictures, 2003.

(With Black Flag) Punk's Not Dead, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Commentator, MTV Sports, MTV, beginning 1994.

Narrator, VH1 Legends, VH1, beginning 1996.

(Uncredited) Host, Night Visions, Fox, 20012002.

Himself, I Love the '80s, VH1, 2002.

Host (with Cathy Rogers), Full Metal Challenge, The Learning Channel, 20022003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Himself, Platinum, UPN, 1997.

Bartender, Desperate but Not Serious (also known as Reckless + Wild ), HBO, 1999.

Shadow Realm, SciFi Channel, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, MTV Unplugged, MTV, 1993.

State of the Union Undressed '95, Comedy Central, 1995.

Narrator, The Human Journey, The Learning Channel, 2000.

(And in archive footage) Himself, 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, VH1, 2000.

Henry Rollins: Live and Ripped in London, Comedy Central, 2000.

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll, VH1, 2000.

Himself, 100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll, VH1, 2001.

Himself, 25 Years of Punk, VH1, 2001.

Himself, VH1 Presents the '80s, VH1, 2001.

Himself, When Hate Goes Pop, MTV, 2001.

Himself, The Making of "Jackass: The Movie " (also known as MTV's the Making of "Jackass: The Movie "), MTV, 2002.

Himself, VH1 News Special: Inside Hate Rock, VH1, 2002.

Himself, 50 Sexiest Video Moments, VH1, 2003.

Himself, Totally Gayer, VH1, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Performer, The 37th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1995.

Himself, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, VH1, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Host, Alternative Nation, MTV, 1993.

Himself, "Anger," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 1994.

Friend of the victim, Unsolved Mysteries, NBC, 1995.

Narrator, "The Doors," Behind the Music (also known as VH1's Behind the Music ), VH1, 1997.

(With the Rollins Band) Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL ), NBC, 1997.

Dr. Ovid Brazil, "All Our Sins Forgotten," Welcome to Paradox, SciFi Channel, 1998.

Himself, The Panel, 10 Network (Australia), 1999.

Himself, Turn Ben Stein On, Comedy Central, 1999.

Voice of Mad Stan, "Rats," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 1999.

Voice of Mad Stan, "Eyewitness," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 2000.

Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001.

Voice of Mad Stan, "Countdown," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 2001.

Himself, One Hit Wonders, VH1, 2002.

Mr. Jericho, "Hickory Dickory Double Date," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2002.

"Johnny Rancid," Teen Titans (animated), The Cartoon Network, 2003.

Guest host of The List, VH1; also appeared in episodes of Alive from Off Center, PBS; The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated; Sessions at West 54th; Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular (also known as Sin City Spectacular ), FX Network; and Up All Night.

RECORDINGS

Albums with Black Flag:

Damaged, 1981.

My War, SST Records, 1983.

Family Man, SST Records, 1984.

Live '84, SST Records, 1984.

Slip It In, SST Records, 1984.

In My Head, SST Records, 1985.

Loose Nut, SST Records, 1985.

The Process of Weeding Out, SST Records, 1985.

Who's Got the Ten, SST Records, 1986.

Albums with the Rollins Band:

(As Henrietta Collins and the Wife Beating Child Haters) Drive By Shooting (EP), Texas Hotel, 1987, released with Hot Animal Machine, 1999.

Hot Animal Machine, Texas Hotel, 1987, released with Drive By Shooting (EP; as Henrietta Collins and the Wife Beating Child Haters), 1999.

Do It, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Life Time, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Hard Volume, Texas Hotel, 1989.

Turned On, QuarterStick, 1990.

The End of Silence, Imago, 1992.

Electro Convulsive Therapy, Imago, 1993.

Weight, Imago, 1994.

Come In and Burn, DreamWorks, 1997.

Insert Band Here [Live in Australia], 1999.

Get Some, Go Again, DreamWorks, 2000.

A Clockwork Orange, 2001.

Nice, 2001.

A Nicer Shade of Red, 2001.

Yellow Blues, 2001.

Other albums include Hard Life.

Spoken Word Albums:

Big Ugly Mouth, Texas Hotel, 1987.

Short Walk on a Long Pier, Texas Hotel/2.13.61, 1987.

Sweatbox, Texas Hotel, 1989.

Deep Throat, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

Human Butt, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

Live at McCabe's, QuarterStick, 1992.

The Boxed Life, Imago, 1993.

Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag (also known as Get in the Van ), 1995.

Everything, 1996.

Black Coffee Blues, DreamWorks, 1997.

Think Tank (live), DreamWorks, 1998.

Eric the Pilot, 1999.

A Rollins in the Wry, QuarterStick, 2001.

Singles:

(With the Rollins Band) "Liar," c. 1995.

Videos:

Himself, Talking out the Box (also known as Rollins: Talking from the Box ), 1992, later released as Talking from the Box/Henry Rollins Goes to London, Imago/Koch, 2001.

Himself, Woodstock '94, 1995.

Himself, Henry Rollins, Easter Sunday, 1997.

Himself, You Saw Me Up There, 1998.

Himself, Henry Rollins: Up for It, 2001.

Jackass: Volume Two, Paramount, 2004.

Video Games:

Voice of Mace Griffin, Mace Griffin Bounty Hunter, Universal Interactive Studios, 2003.

Music Videos:

"Liar," by the Rollins Band, c. 1995.

Appeared in the music video "Pop Goes the Weasel," by 3rd Bass.

WRITINGS

Albums with Black Flag:

Damaged, 1981.

My War, SST Records, 1983.

Family Man, SST Records, 1984.

Live '84, SST Records, 1984.

Slip It In, SST Records, 1984.

In My Head, SST Records, 1985.

Loose Nut, SST Records, 1985.

The Process of Weeding Out, SST Records, 1985.

Who's Got the 10, SST Records, 1986.

Albums with the Rollins Band:

Drive By Shooting, Texas Hotel, 1987.

Hot Animal Machine, Texas Hotel, 1987.

Do It, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Life Time, Texas Hotel, 1988.

Hard Volume, Texas Hotel, 1989.

Turned On, QuarterStick, 1990.

The End of Silence, Imago, 1992.

Electro Convulsive Therapy, Imago, 1993.

Weight, Imago, 1994.

Come In and Burn, DreamWorks, 1997.

Insert Band Here [Live in Australia], 1999.

Get Some, Go Again, DreamWorks, 2000.

A Clockwork Orange, 2001.

Nice, 2001.

A Nicer Shade of Red, 2001.

Yellow Blues, 2001.

Other albums include Hard Life.

Spoken Word Albums:

Big Ugly Mouth, Texas Hotel, 1987.

Short Walk on a Long Pier, Texas Hotel/2.13.61, 1987.

Sweatbox, Texas Hotel, 1989.

Deep Throat, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

Human Butt, QuarterStick/2.13.61, 1992.

Live at McCabe's, QuarterStick, 1992.

The Boxed Life, Imago, 1993.

Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag (also known as Get in the Van ), 1995.

Everything, 1996.

Black Coffee Blues, DreamWorks, 1997.

Think Tank, DreamWorks, 1998.

Eric the Pilot, 1999.

A Rollins in the Wry, QuarterStick, 2001.

Singles:

(With the Rollins Band) "Liar," c. 1995.

Videos:

Henry Rollins, Easter Sunday, 1997.

You Saw Me Up There, 1998.

Henry Rollins: Up for It, 2001.

Collected Writings:

20, 2.13.61, 1984.

End to End, 2.13.61, 1985.

Polio Flesh, 2.13.61, 1985.

2.13.61, 2.13.61, 1985.

Hallucinations of Grandeur, 2.13.61, 1986.

You Can't Run from God, 2.13.61, 1986.

Pissing in the Gene Pool, 2.13.61, 1987.

Works, 2.13.61, 1988.

Art to Choke Hearts, 2.13.61, 1989.

High Adventure in the Great Outdoors (contains 2.13. 61, End to End, and Polio Flesh ), 2.13.61, 1989.

Knife Street, 2.13.61, 1989.

1000 Ways to Die, 1989.

Bang! (contains 1000 Ways to Die and Knife Street ), 2.13.61, 1990.

One from None, 2.13.61, 1991.

Black Coffee Blues, 2.13.61, 1992.

See a Grown Man Cry, 2.13.61, 1992, published with Now Watch Him Die, 2.13.61, 1997.

Now Watch Him Die, 2.13.61, 1993, published with See a Grown Man Cry, 2.13.61, 1997.

Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag, 2.13.61, 1994.

Eye Scream, 1996.

Do I Come Here Often, 1997.

The Portable Henry Rollins, Villard Books, 1997.

Solipsist, 2.13.61, 1998.

Smile, You're Traveling, 2000.

Columnist for Details; contributor to other periodicals, including Elle, Face, Interview, Melody Maker, Sounds, Spin, and Village Voice.

ADAPTATIONS

The film Ten Monologues from the Lives of the Serial Killers, released by Reiks Hadders in 1994, was based on writings by Rollins and others.

OTHER SOURCES

Books:

Contemporary Musicians, Volume 35, Gale, 2002.

Periodicals:

Advocate, May 13, 1997, p. 62.

Boston Globe, February 10, 1995.

Creem, May, 1992.

Current Biography, September, 2001, pp. 6165.

Details, January, 1993; January, 1994, pp. 6469, 127.

Detroit Free Press, April 17, 1992.

Detroit News, May 1, 1993.

Down Beat, December, 1994.

Entertainment Weekly, March 12, 1993; February 18, 1994, p. 72; February 21, 1997, p. 125; July 13, 2001, p. 66.

Melody Maker, February 13, 1993.

Musician, April, 1993.

New York Times Magazine, November 6, 1994, pp. 3841.

Publishers Weekly, October 3, 1994, p. 63.

Pulse!, April, 1992.

Rolling Stone, April 16, 1992; March 18, 1993; December 23, 1993, pp. 11114.

Spin, May, 1992.

Times Literary Supplement, May 19, 1995, p. 18.

TV Guide, September 26, 1992.

Whole Earth Review, spring, 1995, p. 90.

Electronic:

Henry Rollins.com, http://www.21361.com, May 5, 2004.

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