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Henry Rollins (1994)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1994

Henry reflects on Kurt Cobain's recent death; Black Flag's influence on the new bands; his disapproval of slackers and his ascetic lifestyle; his disciplinarian father; violence in America; what he likes and loathes about England; his youthful fondness for Ted Nugent, and '70s hard rock in general; the difference between Black Flag and his Rollins Band; music vs. spoken word; his literary influences, including Nietzsche; his mother's record collection; being knocked out by punk rock; his gym work... and his relationship with his fans.

File format: mp3; file size: 79.5mb, interview length: 1h 22' 46" sound quality: ****

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Slamdancing in the Big City

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 19 July 1981

THE PIT is ferocious and frightening: Young men's bodies slam into each other, arms and elbows out, fist flailing, like razor-edged Mexican jumping beans popping ...

Various Artists: Radio Tokyo Tapes, Vol. 3 (PVC); Dave Van Ronk: Going Back To Brooklyn (Reckless)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1985

NOW THAT Bob Dylan is establishing himself as a born-again rocker, why shouldn't the new wave stage a folk revival? But listening to Radio Tokyo ...

Henry Rollins: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, 1 October 1988

THE GRAND old illustrated man of US hardcore grips the stage with his toes and hangs ten. Henry Rollins has just rolled into town again ...

Spoken Word: Jello Biafria, Lydia Lunch, Henry Rollins

Report and Interview by Martin Aston, The Independent, Winter 1989

ONCE UPON a time, people took to the stage without the blast of music behind them, and people would take them seriously. Poetry and the ...

Henry Rollins: Don't Get Even, Get Mad

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1992

He wants to kill policemen. He is obsessed by his father. He dosen't have a girlfriend and his best friend is dead. "Either I write ...

Hooray, Henry!

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, Sky, 1993

HENRY ROLLINS IS the prime example of a uniquely American phenomenon, the punk turned poet (see Lydia Lunch, Exene Cervenka, etc.). ...

The Beastie Boys, Rollins Band: Roseland Ballroom New York NY

Live Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 21 January 1993

THIS PAIRING wasn't as odd as it seemed, because the Beastie Boys have created ― or at least mobilized ― a new kind of fan. ...

Henry Rollins: The Bright Stuff

Interview by Mark Mordue, Juice, April 1993

As American as Apple Pie, saluting the flag, street violence, psychopaths, racism, guns, incest, overdoses, police brutality, urban decay and spiritual horror. Mark Mordue goes ...

Rollins Band: Weight (Imago)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 10 April 1994

Rollins Finds a New Voice in Weight ...

AUDIO: Henry Rollins (1994)

Audio transcript of interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1994

This is a transcript of Andy's audio interview with Henry. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Henry Rollins: Behind You

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, July 1994

IN AN abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Toronto, Henry Rollins is getting beaten up. A huge, Rasputin-like figure (monk's garb, frankly Messianic face-fungus) throws ...

Reading 94 Sunday. Main Stage

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, 3 September 1994

WOKE UP. No longer in hospital. Cool. Thought I'd check out this "rock festival" stuff. ...

Henry Rollins: Forum, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 8 January 1996

Monster made mellow: Caroline Sullivan wonders if mean rocker Henry Rollins can possibly be related to the loveable raconteur performing at the Forum ...

Charles Manson: The Man That You Fear

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, 7 August 1999

Thirty years ago this week, followers of CHARLES MANSON committed a series of brutal murders that changed US culture forever. On the anniversary of the ...

Henry Rollins: LSE Old Theatre, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, The Guardian, 30 November 1999

SOMEWHERE UP there, reclining on a celestial tobacco cloud, Bill Hicks must cast a rueful eye towards the one-man stand-up multi-gym that is Henry Rollins. ...

Henry Rollins

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, February 2000

HIS REPUTATION most definitely precedes him. The press's perception of Henry Rollins has always been somewhat fractious. Journalists have always been suspicious, and on occasion ...

Henry Rollins: "Playing your hits is living a lie"

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Word, March 2012

Punk pugilist turned spoken-word turbo-philosopher, Henry Rollins puts the wanting world in a headlock ...

Why Vinyl Matters: Henry Rollins

Book Excerpt by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, 'Why Vinyl Matters' (ACC Editions), 2017

HENRY ROLLINS WAS barely out of his teens when he joined the legendary punk band Black Flag. Since parting with the band in 1986, Rollins ...

see also Black Flag


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