Saturday Sampler – Henry Rollins

For the return of Saturday Sampler, we offer you a Spinner interview with punk legend Henry Rollins. If you grew up in a small town some time after the late 70s, odds are there was a punk scene, and odds are the kids in that scene all owned a Black Flag t-shirt. If you look hard enough, you’ll find that a few of them have the iconic logo tattooed on their calf. Black Flag, and Henry Rollins, became legends to many.

Rollins, who turns 50 on February 13, has been in the public eye ever since his Black Flag days. He’s found success with Rollins Band, as an author, an activist and pretty much anything he lays his finger on.

As a spoken word artist, he’s offered his thoughts, opinions, and stories to fans who come out to hear one of, arguably, the most outspoken people in the music industry. Rollins has often made his feelings known about the state of punk music in the modern day mainstream, but unlike others, he’s not judging anyone for it, which is probably a big part of why he still garners such respect.

Considering his commitment to his fans, it’s little surprise that he’s celebrating his birthday with more spoken word tour dates. Spinner chatted with Rollins to talk about his past, his present, and of course, what he thinks of the music today.

[…] It just sounds kind of more like complaining than real outrage. But it’s not for me to say. Let’s pretend you like these [mainstream rock] bands. Right on! I’m not going to put you down for what you like. Go get the T-shirt. Go to the gig. Life is short. If you love Nickelback, go and see them. Get out there, man, because all of a sudden, you’re 40, and you don’t have time to go see gigs.

— Henry Rollins

Grab a chair, have a read, and remind yourself of why this man has gotten as far as he has. Brains, balls and brutal honesty.

Once you’ve finished that little bit of reading, why not enjoy Mr Rollins tell the story of working with William Shatner. Impressions included.

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