Posted in interviews | music on March 13, 2011

by Michael Hill

Henry Rollins

After recently celebrating his 50th birthday, the maturing, former heavy rock front man is showing no signs of slowing down or mellowing out. He is not "aging gracefully," he is turning up the volume and raging full on.

Rollins first came to prominence in 1981 as the fourth singer of the seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag. After a brief tour of duty fronting State or Alert in his hometown of Washington, DC, he relocated to Southern California to join Black Flag. Rollins toured extensively and appeared on several recordings until the band broke up in 1986. He was back on the road the following year in 1987 with the Rollins Band which garnered modest commercial success during the 90's with "Liar" and "Low Self Opinion." After three lineups, the band parted ways in 2006.

During the Black Flag years, Rollins founded the 2.13.61 Publishing Company, basically a P.O. Box, where he published a series of folded and stapled self-publications. Ultimately, the roster would expand to include Nick Cave, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, and Glen E. Friedman among others. Additionally, he has acted in films such as David Lynch's "Lost Highway", "Feast" and "Heat"(where he shared a scene with Al Pacino) as well as appearances on television as a part of the cast of "Sons of Anarchy" and on his own IFC talk show.

These days, Rollins is mostly known for his unique brand of spoken word performance. Though, often times humorous, I hesitate to call it stand-up comedy; it exists in region where Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks and Friedrich Nietzsche converge. It's part political commentary, part travelogue, part story telling session delivered with a high intensity pace the delivers the goods without fail. I've been witnessing these performances since the late 80's when the audience consisted of a handful of punk rockers congregating at some out-of-the way hole in the wall in a bad neighborhood. I caught one of his sold out dates at Joe's Pub in New York City, a nice place with reserved seating, food and a well-stocked bar.

Henry was kind enough to set aside some time in his schedule to talk to us. Read our chat below....

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Henry Rollins

What is 2011 going to look like for you? I've read that there's going to be a photo essay book called "Occupants" coming out, and also some touring on the horizon.

There's not much touring for this year, well not for me, it's like 40 shows, which is just getting warmed up as far as I'm concerned. Next year's the big tour. So this is a handful of shows in America, four in Australia, which I'm leaving for in a few days, a couple of summer festivals in Europe until August, I'm doing Leeds and Reading and two shows at the Edinburgh Festival. That's kind of it for the year unless some university date pops up. But in October and November I'll be doing book work. That "Occupants" book will be out hopefully October first. And then I'll be getting ready to leave for the big tour of next year, which will be January to November. This year's going to be the aforementioned shows which takes me back to about April. And then I'm hoping that National Geographic, who I've been doing documentaries with for the last several months, I hope they keep me very busy and keep me kind of going with work until the end of the year.

I just saw the Nat Geo Wild Snake Underworld episode that you were working on. So, where does the fascination with snakes come from?

When I was a kid I had snakes and I used to work at a pet shop I grew up in D.C. and I kept snakes on and off over the years. So I was at the office of Nat Geo, with my boss, and Jeff from Nat Geo Wild walked in said "We're putting this thing together, are you looking to do something? Are you afraid of snakes?" I said, "Well no actually, quite the opposite." So he said, "Well, look over the treatment and see if you want to do this." I looked it over and I went "Yeah, I'll do that."

Henry Rollins

This "Occupants" book, I don't really have a lot of information about that, you care to go into that?

It's photos that I started taking many, many years ago. It's like 2003 to 2010. And the photos go from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, all over Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam Laos...you know, fairly far and wide. Some in America, Israel, South Africa...uh, where else, Mali, I don't think there's anything from Senegal in there. It's a photo on the right page and then on the left page is some abstract writing you know, from looking at the photo. So I looked at the photo and wherever it took me, I went.

So it's little bit of a departure from the sort of journalistic writing that you usually do in your books.

Right, and then in the back there's a section with all the images thumbnailed and captioned.

You're a world traveler. In addition to your tour schedule, in addition to the actual show-related traveling, you do a lot of travel on your own. Where does this wanderlust come from?

The world is an interesting place and I have the means, so I go out in it. You know, I wish more people could travel, would travel. I think in America, if the Americans would travel, the better off we'd all be. Because I think there seems to be a real disconnect with the information of the world. Where people have these wild assumptions about countries in the Middle East or African countries, and you go to these countries and you meet very sophisticated, very generous, very buoyant and resilient, very peaceful, generous people. And you might not know that about these people from these countries, or you see how they're really suffering. And it makes you see very acutely how good America has it relatively. So, I like to get that real information. I wanted to know more about Iran, so I went. I was just in North Korea in September because I wanted to know more, so I went to Pian-Yang for a week.

And also just on an awareness level too, for example, Europeans travel between countries constantly. And in the States, it's actually surprising how many people do not travel even from, say, the west coast to the east coast. Someone from, say, Oregon, may never have been to New Jersey...

Well, you meet so many Europeans who take advantage of where they are geographically. Many of them have been to at least Northern Africa, you know, Morocco, Tunisia...When I was in Tunisia many years ago, I met a lot of Spaniards. People just kind of hop across the water and go. It's like a one hour flight from Malaga to Tunis. So, these places are available to them. And I think they might have a different take on culture, the need for it, the need for diversity, and the need for art.

And speaking about the U.S., travelling may also give people a peek beyond what the generally accepted forms of media might indicate other parts of the world are really like.

I think our media is, to a certain degree, propaganda. I don't think any country escapes that all the way. I think we're taught to fear. We're taught to have this kind of bristling, chest-out, love-it-or-leave-it attitude. It's odd to be in someone else's country and see the American tell the local how it's done, or feel the need to. "Really, do you know where you are? It's not home. Be cool." But for some people it's just not how it's going to go down.

Henry Rollins

One of the major criticisms I have about mainstream media in general is that there isn't any journalists laying it on the line to present the truth. There aren't any people like Daniel Ellsberg (former US Military Analyst that released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971, a top secret government study that dictated decision making in the Vietnam War).

With corporate news, there's no longer a need for them. Let this person rake the muck and find something about this company or corporation he or she works for. It was the media that helped America walk into the Iraq war. I hold all of the major newspapers complicit. They have as much to do with it as Cheney and Rumsfeld and Bush and the Partners for the New American Century. I mean, they knew better, and they didn't speak up. CNN knew better and didn't speak up. All those people, they're no better than Colin Powell. They knew better, and they didn't say anything. They eventually serve the war economy. All these companies eventually did really well, and that's why they keep breeding so much, so you have more to hurl into the next conflict.

The biggest fear that Conservatives and Republicans have is that the new regime in Cairo won't buy the amount of ordinance that we sell them every year. You know, basically getting our cash back on the subsidies that we send them. That's how the defense contractors get their money back from the taxpayer, by selling Egypt JDAMs? Does Egypt need Joint Direct Attack Munitions? They don't really. You know, it'll make Israel sleep poorly. So we arm the world, over and over and over again. It's an investment in future conflict, because eventually, they will fire that stuff at us, so we can say, "Hey, they fired that at us!" and we can start another costly war.

That's what we do, and the threat of all of this is that democracy would be spreading across the Middle East. You can't invade a democratic country. They will eventually form some kind of NATO or OPEC of their own. You'll have to let them sit at the big table; you can't go in and soften their economies with the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund; you must treat them as equals. You won't be able to demonize and marginalize Islam; that was a great fundraiser and talking point for the right. And you're seeing the meltdown in America and the right-wing are just freaking out. As all these people stand up it's the end of things for this party.

It's an interesting time, to willfully watch these guys sail their Titanic into an iceberg. They're steering it right towards it and doubling down. They're flooring it. And a lot of Americans...the media doesn't tell them that. It's quite evident but you're not going to see anyone on CNN saying that but it's as plain as the nose on your face. It's fairly undeniable.

You have to look a little bit, not even actually that hard, all you need is a Netflix account and you can find some documentaries about the corporate gains in the Middle East, you know, with Halliburton and Titan and those different defense contractors and how much money they made off of the wars in the Middle East.

It's just on the day-to-day. I mean, we sell stuff to countries all the time. It's our economy. We sell more arms to the rest of the world than Russia or China, it might not be that eventually, and this whole world is kind of on that footing. And America, we've been on that footing...that's why the rhetoric is so intense. Like "America, love it or leave it" or "Better dead than red". That's why all of that is so ramped up. As if communism would invade America. And you don't want Southeast Asia going communist, you know, we lost that one, because you want to be able to sell them stuff. And that's all it is, it's just money, it's not hearts and minds, it's not ideology, it's only the bank. That's it. That's all it's ever been, under any president, Democrat or Republican.

And I think the people are starting to figure it out because the street doesn't lie. And the street and the media are now kind of at odds. Fox News will tell you that 65% of Americans disagree with what's happening in Wisconsin. And basically they just flipped the numbers, it's actually 65% approve, but it's not in its best interest. It's in the best interests of Rush Limbaugh to call teachers bottom feeders and bloodsuckers as they live on a paltry wage. And it's a basic thing in this country to devalue education. Because if you have an educated populace, they would've said no to the Iraq war. That would have been grounds for impeachment, I mean, they just would not have said yes to this. They would've fired all their congressmen.

It would have been very different. But, the less you know, the more you'll go along with the rhetoric. The less you'll question, the less you'll feel the need to question. There's no investment for you in that.

This lack of education...the devaluing of education in our country...

Well, it makes for better soldiers. And I'm not saying soldiers are stupid, but it just makes it easier for people to hurl themselves into that world. It also helps the prison industrial complex. Certainly, and a lot of people make money. When Johnny robs the liquor store, people get rich. A lot of people don't understand that because there are companies that sell all the uniforms, the lighting, the sanitation systems and products; even the gardening around a supermax penitentiary. And as long as those are full of people, again, your tax dollars go towards maintaining someone who takes sixty to a hundred thirty thousand dollars a year to keep alive inside. Someone has to sell that guy cheese sandwiches.

I think Jeb Bush was in on a lot of that, I forget which company. They supply a lot of catering to GOP events, they also do a lot of the prisons. I think Jeb Bush was a big guy in that, making money when you don't educate. So these guys are gamers, and the game is basically, it's like Vegas, the house is gonna win. You're a sucker, you walk in there, roll the dice, so let a few people win, that's the honey that attracts the fly. That's the grift. And the suckers come from all over the world to dump their money on it.

One of the worst things about the devaluing of education in this country is the long-term effects.

But you're seeing it now though. This has been in the works...my mother worked for national education and planning and health education and welfare when she was working. I think Reagan killed that one and Bush 1 killed the other one. Because you know, health, education, and welfare: no, no, and no. National education and planning? No, stop it.

My mom's whole life was that of frustration. She was trying to understand why Johnny can't read. She'd fly all over the world, analyzing other educational systems, bringing back the info to America, trying to fix American delivery systems of education. You know, why aren't these kids learning? And all Bush can come up with is, "Well, learn to the test!" so it looks good at election time, it's cosmetic. You dogmatically memorize that so you pass a test. You get no aptitude.

Henry Rollins

There's no understanding or evaluation skills.

Exactly, so it's not really helping you. Now, you always have to wonder, well who's winning with that? Why is this a good idea? Someone is obviously putting a lot of time into this. It's money and an educated populace wouldn't stand for that. And I think things are turning around. I think the next election, you know, if it's fair, the next election in 2012 are going to be...you know, as they say, get your popcorn.

This is a fascinating time to be alive, not only in America but in the world. The world is changing very quickly. I mean, it took Mubarak eighteen days to step down after thirty years. Gaddafi: he's going to have to kill a lot of people. That was fairly obvious, I saw that coming. So a lot of these guys aren't going to stand down very easily. If this happens in Syria, Bashar Assad would stand his people down pretty hard. Iran might turn very quickly. These other countries... like Yemen, that's going to be pretty bloody, just like Libya's been. But, nonetheless, I think this ball has started rolling.

With all the work you've done overseas with the U.S. troops deployed, with all this knowledge and perspective you have, how does that translate, when you talk to these guys out on the front lines? Are they open to these ideas? Do you even discuss these things with them?

Well, I never really got into it too deeply with anyone in a war zone. I don't think it's appropriate, in that I wouldn't say something to distract someone from doing their duty. I think that's a great way to get them killed off.

Yeah, it's a life or death situation.

Well yeah, I don't think it's a strategic move to go to Iraq and go, "You know, this is bullshit. You know why you're here? You're here for corporate greed." I don't think you send a guy out of the gate with that, because he's thinking too much, where he should be thinking about getting him and his buddies back to the dining facility at sundown. In those situations, I've found, they're very apolitical. Because now you're just down to "it", don't get killed. And it doesn't matter who's the president, it doesn't matter who's the secretary of defense or how anyone voted. You are still leaving the gate that day for twelve hours, and that pile of garbage could blow up and send your Humvee over the power lines. So I have found that it's really not on, in those situations. You can have those conversations later in the relative safety of the parking lot out by the bus, where I can point by point dismantle any of those arguments. But in the field, when those guys or girls are out there, I don't think it's appropriate.

Well, I mean, they're connected by the internet for the most part. They're probably aware that you're very active. Do they ever ask you any questions? Are there ever any of those type of discussions?

Well, I say what I think about stuff and I say "Look, I want you to get home in one piece" I think we shouldn't be in Afghanistan and Iraq, I think these are positions and points that we don't need to occupy. That's just my opinion, but my other opinion is that I want you home in one piece so take care of your friends and take care of yourself. And that's it basically. Because a lot of guys will go, "I know this is bullshit for me, it's a job". I say keep your head down, stay focused, get out of this, don't take your eyes off it. Imagine if any foreign force came to this country. No matter how benevolent, you know, it would be like ipecac, we would reject that force like a hairball. The Belgians are going to park their naval battleships in Delaware, ah, not for long they won't.

The US country does that all over the world, aside from even hot zones like the Middle East, there are troops in Germany, Belgium, everywhere...

153 countries, plus.

Everywhere you go in travel, you run across military guys away from home.

Yet meanwhile, we sometimes rape the locals, we pollute, and we're not always on our best behavior and that has an effect. You know, all of a sudden you're back at base and, this happened in Japan, these Japanese are like well we want to put that guy on trial. And the American are like, "Well, no, that's the Status of Forces Agreement. So, we'll take care of him." And you know, the guy just walks it off.

Actually that's similar to the Blackwater security contractors in the Middle East.

And the contractors, conveniently, if you read Jeremy Scahill's book "Blackwater", conveniently and self-servingly hop back and forth over the Uniform Accountability Justice Line. So when the shit comes down, they go, "Oh no, well, we're military." Then when the crime is military, they go, "Oh no, we're contractors. The Uniform Court of Military Justice doesn't really apply to us. They kind of operated in this legal grey zone, which they manipulated to their own interests, and that's why a lot of locals in Iraq got killed by these yahoos.

There's no chain of command, they're outside of the Rules of Engagement.

They pull down bigger salaries while the infantry grunt is making a pauper's wage.

One of the things that I want to talk about is patriotism, or the concept of "Patriotism", in this country and how it's used to control people. Like, if you don't agree with the war, you're not a patriot.

Yeah, you want the Taliban to win. If they ever have their patriotism questioned, it's a good way to get an American all hot and bothered. And the right does it to the left. "Oh, you're not a patriot", or you know when Sarah Palin says, "Well you know, real Americans..." It's like, "Lady, now you're getting me emotional." And it's very easy, without being homophobic, if you use the word "faggot". You know, if you really want to confront a man: "Hey Asshole!", no response, "Hey what's up faggot?" It's on.

It operates on a different level.

It's going down right now, I mean that is basically saying, "I got no respect for you, you're not gonna do a damn thing." And it's a trigger, it's a hot-button. And questioning people's patriotism has always been a good way to keep people's dissent down, to keep the commentary down. "Oh, he obviously hates America. He wants the Taliban to win. He's giving comfort to our enemies." That was like Dick Cheney. That was a string that he could pull between his man boobs and have that come out. Very, very convenient to say that, it works, it really works.

Henry Rollins

Let's abruptly switch gears. There's a Ron Asheton memorial show coming up in April and it's been indicated to me that you're somehow involved in this.

Yeah I'm MC'ing it, introducing everybody, talking about Ron. I'm working on all this with Ron's sister, Cathy. There's going to be a short video and I'm going to talk about Ron onstage and then me and the Stooges are going to play later on. Iggy and I are going to have some kind of sing-off he wants to do. I'm not quite understanding it, but I guess I'll find out at band practice the day before.

On one of your live recordings there was some discussion about this periodic conflict that you and Iggy seemed to go through about every decade or so.

Well no, he has no idea. I mean, we play together and I was seeing if I could out-calorie burn the man. You can't of course. And I think he heard it, he found it hilarious, and said "Well look, how about you and I keep up this duel." And I said to him, "Well great, I get to get shown up by you in Michigan. No thanks!" and he said, "No, no, it'll be fun." And I said, "Alright, you better start eating your wheaties man!" and he thought it was funny.

So when does the training start for this?

Uh, I'm always in training. I live in shape. So I'll be pushing my wind. I think that what we'll probably do is sing a couple of songs together, and what I want to do is "I Gotta Right" because it's fast and it's just one line over and over again, "I gotta right to sing whenever I want, any old time". I think that'd be fun and, uh, that'll be what we'll do. That's what I proposed to Iggy and his manager weeks ago. This thing has been in the planning stages for several weeks. It sold out in like, ten minutes. So I'm saying to Cathy, "Don't worry, I'll get this on the air. We'll get it promoted. I think we're going to be able to sell it out. Iggy doesn't like doing press, I'll do the press. Tickets went on sale in the morning and at like 4 P.M. I get emails from Cathy and Iggy's manager being like, "We're sold out". I went, "Well, that's one less thing to worry about, now we can concentrate on the show."

Mike Watt is playing bass on this?

Yes. Yeah, he's a Stooge.

Awesome, well yeah, he's been touring with those guys for a while too.

Well, you know, since they got back together. He's the perfect choice, because he understands why it works. The Stooges have a very unique lockup with the bass and the drums. You think you can play a Stooges song, like people think they can play a Ramones song...It's a real feel thing. And if there's one bass player I know who would understand why the Stooges' music swings like it does, it's Mike. He's more than a good bass player, he has that instinctive understanding of why this thing cooks like it does. The pocket on those Stooges records, on the first two, it's one kind of thing cause one's a different bass player and then Ron Asheton took over bass on "Raw Power". But the dynamics are different and Mike gets it. He knows how to lock in with Scott Asheton and you know in within like five seconds of listening because either they're going to have it or they're not. When they played at Coachella the first time, someone gave me a CD-R and said, "Well, tell me what you think." And I said, "Well I'll know if it's any good within the first two seconds." Cause it's all about the bass and drums, and when I heard whatever the first song was I went, "Yeah, it's gonna be fine. Mike is in the pocket." So yeah, Mike is the best choice they could've made. I can't think of anyone better.

Iggy Pop

Watt and Dukowski are probably my all-time favorite bass players.

They're great. They're very different and real distinctive players, both of them with a genius that's very unique unto each guy.

So recently you turned fifty years old. You probably talk quite a bit about this. So how does it feel logging in another decade?

I mean, you wake up one day and it's your birthday and then the next day it's not. You know, you keep putting your shoes on. Fifty's kind of a milestone, we have it in our heads. I'm doing some shows behind it just because it's funny. Someone gave me a cane as a birthday present, it's kind of like that.

It seems that every ten years, after twenty that is...

It's kind of how we do a lot of things. You know, it's metric, the decimal system. But fifty, you know, it's half of a hundred. And you're probably not getting the other half. To be well over the half-way mark it makes one pause and ponder things, it certainly has for me. I think one must take these milestones, big or small as they are, in stride and not let it get to you. Cause you never know, if you play your cards right, you'll be having all this fun twenty five years from now. And they go, "Wow, seventy five, still on stage!" which is what I hope for. I want the George Carlin treatment. Grey, angry, and somehow relevant. That's what I want.

Henry Rollins

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Comments (97)

pussy

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 9:14 AM

legend

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 9:39 AM

enchiladas

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 10:15 AM

so true about americans and their lack of traveling.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 10:46 AM

I just saw Pussy Legend Enchiladas at SXSW. Killed it!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 11:15 AM

9:14 would leave an enchilada in his pants if ever confronted by 50 year old hank.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 11:54 AM

in my top 5 greatest frontmen i've ever seen live.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 11:56 AM

TLDR

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 12:15 PM

how could u not ask him about the "hipster video"? CRAP!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 12:23 PM

Where did Pussy Legend Enchiladas play?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 12:24 PM

great job mike. its hard interviewing a person like Rollins where there are a lot of predispositions, but I liked hearing his thoughts.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 12:57 PM

Excellent work Mike!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 1:09 PM

12:57: I agree. To hell with any of these trendy losers with their shit comments just because they can't put up with Rollins.

Kinda looks like Page Hamilton a bit also.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 1:22 PM

Wish I had the money to travel. I can't even afford to take a day off from my job.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 1:44 PM

He's spot on about traveling to know more. I discovered that for myself years ago, and everyone should try to make it a part of their lives.

Wish I could afford to do it more often, I try to make one excursion a year. South Africa's next up :)

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 1:48 PM

Y'know, I'm kinda surprised the punk rocker most famous for appearing in 'The Chase' actually sounds pretty intelligent.

Wonder if he's still friends with Charlie Sheen?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 1:56 PM

Henry Rollins is most famous for appearing in The Chase? Maybe in your world.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 2:17 PM

Keith Morris > Henry

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 2:17 PM

great interview

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 2:54 PM

This what I wanna do to him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGym1iVaWoY

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 2:58 PM

FUCKING ROLLINS!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 3:05 PM

Does the Bruise Cruise count as travelling?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 3:06 PM

I love where hes asked about how he got into snakes and he leads off his answer with how he grew up in DC.

What a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 3:21 PM

Great interview. Rollins is so right about Americans not traveling. i have been fortunate to travel every year for the past 5 years. i am about to book my next trip to Asia for this summer. there is nothing like seeing the world.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 3:22 PM

Who took these photos? They are really good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 3:23 PM

Please don't talk shit about Hank. He is a saint and if you have a problem with him, keep it to yourself. No one cares.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 3:37 PM

3:21-he explained how he go into snakes. your the fucking douche.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 3:51 PM

fucking legend

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 4:07 PM

One of the major criticisms I have about mainstream media in general is that there ISNT any journalists

ISNT? really? 2nd grade grammar

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 4:08 PM

"ISNT? really? 2nd grade grammar"

Do you feel like a big man now that you found a grammar error?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 4:14 PM

yeah, traveling is great and easy if you are RICH and have VACATION TIME. Usually I'm able to get a long weekend in Ocean City, MD each summer. Does that count?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 4:26 PM

Idiots complaining about how it's expensive to travel, this is the actual quote he gave (emphasis mine for purposes of clarity):

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The world is an interesting place and I HAVE THE MEANS, SO I GO OUT IN IT. You know, I wish more people COULD travel, would travel.
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He's not saying anything more than he can afford to travel and he wishes other people could too. Relax.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 4:50 PM

4:26

I'm not rich and I (usually) can get in a fun trip to a new place every year. I just save money well and live simply when not traveling. Try it sometime!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 4:53 PM

^^ no, it does not.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 5:01 PM

Was watching the Shock and Awe earlier today. Henry's a good man.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 5:37 PM

I went above 14th street last month... That's what I call traveling.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 5:41 PM

does greyhound go to europe?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 6:42 PM

Hey, GET IN THE VAN!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 6:57 PM

I agree... It's important to travel too see other cultures.
Here is my official breakdown of places I've been and what it's like:

1. Chelsea- a large population of fashion designers wearing feathers and opulent top hats.
2. Meat Packing District- some fine women in this country, but beware, they usually require lots of courting and expensive gifts before they undress.
3. Williamsburg- the unofficial hummus capital of the continental united states.
4. Lower East Side- pointy shoes and eye makeup are cultural icons in this land. The corner of Ludlow and Stanton street is the epicenter of downtown attitude in 2011.
5. Upper east side- a wasteland of dryness. It's like living on the grid of a saltine cracker.
6. West Village- the homosexual population reigns king in this foreign land. When walking down gay street bending over to tie your shoes is a risky business.
7. Long Island- don't ever go there. It's like the 11th dimension of hell. The girls there often wear white sweat pants and ugg boots and will make you nautious.
8. Chinatown- the land of interesting smells. It's even more interesting in the summer time!
9. Bushwick- a large part of the populous here are t-shirt designers and are listen to indigenous music consisting of beep noises with high amounts of reverb.
10. Greenpoint- rumors of contaminated drinking water in this land have caused much if the population to have lower then average IQs.
11. Financial District- the natives in this land consist of men who smoke benson and hedges cigarettes and women who wear shoulder pads. When night falls, it's truly a ghost town and the villains emerge out of strange doorways. Be careful.
12. New Jersey- a diverse land that is hard to capture in this small write-up. But one thing is certain... The southern area is Philly influenced. Avoid that section.
13. Harlem- the housing is rather cheap, and the bodegas sell looseys and a large selection of native Goya products.
14. Stuyvescent town- a maze of confusion. No man has ever navigated this section without getting lost. I believe many brave explorers have attempted to make a map of this land, but have proven unsuccessful.
15. Astoria- the natives here wear fascinating clothes reminiscent of a posh euro nightclub in 1997.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 6:57 PM

I've never been anywhere and probably never will.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 7:09 PM

Great interview

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 8:00 PM

god that first photo is fucking terrifying.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 8:01 PM

I'd love it if 9:14 called Rollins a 'pussy' to his face.

Probably some trust fund brat who goes to Purchase. Henry Rollins will always be superior to your life of failure.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 8:10 PM

GET IN THE VAN

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 8:27 PM

I love hearing his views on the above topics, esp on traveling--
it's great to get out and see the world if you can afford it.

on the other hand statements like we arm the world over and over is really a bit naive-- russia, china, britain, france etc sell TONS of weapons as well.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 8:31 PM

that first photo is fucking great!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 8:32 PM

6:57's list could've been a lot better with a little more insight and better spelling.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 9:00 PM

Misogynist.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 9:01 PM

9:00 lives in greenpoint.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 9:12 PM

that dude looks like a gay marine

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 9:47 PM

jacuzzi boys like hummus

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 9:48 PM

i'm not 9:00 but i live in greenpoint. greenpoint is tight.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2011 10:08 PM

I like 6:57's list. Got a couple laughs... thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 10:04 AM

ROLLINS!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 10:20 AM

I HEART HANK 4 EVER.

thanks for the kick ass article.

Posted by jenne | March 14, 2011 10:55 AM

I'm kinda digging the somewhat withered-oldman look. Henry does it well.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 10:58 AM

can't go wrong with Rollins!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 2:23 PM

Overrated, untalented, self righteous gas bag.

Posted by Frankie G | March 14, 2011 3:06 PM

How in the world was he never cast as the Punisher!? Seriously! He would have made the perfect Punisher about 10 years ago.

But yeah, Rollins is great. Caught his spoken word tour back around 2000, fantastic stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 3:20 PM

Pretentious wanker. I wouldn't give him the time of day.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 6:56 PM

I still laugh about the time 20 years ago that my pal got out a Rollins lyric sheet and read it aloud. The words were so bad that to this day, to me, they represent the nadir of "rock poetry."

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 6:58 PM

That grim reaper photo is the dumbest thing I've seen in 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 7:00 PM

ROLLINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 7:33 PM

WHO IS ROLUNZ

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 7:43 PM

Henry is the male version of Lydia Lunch and I wished I could see both of them in more films. They both belong on the big screen -- and both should have their own tv shows or variety hours kind of like the underground Donny & Marie would be excellent.
I like Henry because he has a certain humility about him that so many artists lack. I also really trust his taste in just about everything -- he's a great critic and I trust his opinion.

Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2011 10:23 PM

Is Henry Rollins a man that would choose to live in neighborhood #6?
I've heard rumors, but I just don't know.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 10:29 PM

He can be called a pussy, legend, or enchilada. Probably to his face as well. It's doubtful "Hank" (pfffft) would knock someone out for expressing their opinion since he seems to value that in people. Monkey see, monkey do. If someone want to hold this guy in high esteem, great, but understand that not everyone who leaves a comment is required to like Hank as much as you do. Nor are they required to travel to S.A., Asia, or New Jersey. He's got the money to do it and the media outlet in which to share his ideas and adventures with others. Good for Hank.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2011 11:14 PM

Well said, 11:14.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2011 12:17 PM

i second that 11:14

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2011 2:15 PM

there's obviously a wounded child in there that he's over compensating for with the whole alpha male put on; regardless of whether or not it's cloaked in progressive politics, the macho bullshit routine is still just that -- bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2011 2:48 AM

Great job Mike!

MCS

Posted by MCS | March 16, 2011 7:51 AM

2:48 has a copy of "The Best Of Sting".

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2011 3:45 PM

6:57, go back to Staten Island.

Posted by anonhummus | March 18, 2011 1:34 AM

People who cant compete always seem to bitch+criticize from the safety of their keyboards and behind another scapegoat. This whole "I can't do it, i dont understand it, fuck that guy" mentality is the . After i saw his show at NatGeo on Feb13th,I got a chance to meet Henry on his 50th B-day: he honestly seemed one of the most genuine people i've ever met...the dude walks it like he talks it...Intelligent,genuine and humble....I dont see how anyone can deny credibility to anyone who's stayed true to themselves and any audience they may be fortunate to gain gain thru hardwork and dedication personal experience. His work ethic is comparable to ANYONE else on record

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:53 AM

Where are the photo credits? Or did the photos take themselves? Weak BV.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:58 PM

um is he ok? he looks sick.

Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2011 8:29 PM

this guy looks like an old lesbo

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 11:44 AM

He's not sick. He needs a bacon egg and cheese and some awesome sauce.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2011 11:46 AM

Nonono Pussy Legend Enchiladas at the AFTER party. That was so epic.

Posted by Moose anon | April 3, 2011 6:47 PM

Epic Fail

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2011 11:51 PM

2:48 - you've likely never seen real "macho bullshit" or are a fine exponent of it yourself, because that ain't it.

Posted by exitBxC | April 5, 2011 12:55 PM

Is Epic Fail another lame Charlie Sheen line?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 12:59 PM

he's not sick

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 10:20 PM

He looks good for 50

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 12:00 AM

^ DUH

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 1:32 PM

I got scared by seeing the snake photo.... how could you manage it....

Posted by Croatie Opatija Appartements | April 8, 2011 10:43 PM

THIS JUST IN:

Pussy Legend Enchiladas playing a surprise set tonight @ DBA!

Todd P is hard as a rock!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2011 5:33 PM

LOl at being most famous for "The Chase" comment. lol

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:00 PM

Are trust funds taxed?

Posted by Regular reader | April 23, 2011 7:50 PM

So tired of seeing this old dykes face on the front page all the time.

Posted by Everyone | April 24, 2011 9:22 PM

an old angry lesbo that is starting to look like her dog

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 12:33 AM

Everyone needs to buy it now! And don't forget to go see them when they reschedule those NYC dates.

Posted by Stuart Sackley | May 12, 2011 11:48 PM

Henry banged Lydia Lunch back when she was hot stuff, which is more than most of you sterile weenies will ever accomplish.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2011 2:13 PM

Henry Rollins kicks ass and is SEXY as hell. I'd travel with you any day...

Posted by Kimmie | April 1, 2012 6:43 PM

For someone who works out as much as he does and preaches about being healthy Henry rains isn't aging very well

He looks like he's 65

Posted by Jim | December 17, 2013 8:56 PM

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