Henry Rollins is an artist whose legendary, no-holds-barred performances encompasses music, acting, and written and spoken word. As Details magazine said when it named Rollins the 1994 Man of the Year: "through two decades of rage and discipline, Henry Rollins has transformed himself from an L.A. punk rocker into a universal soldier. His enemies: slackers and hypocrites. His mission: to steel your soul and rock your world."
Rollins was frontman for the seminal punk band Black Flag, and since 1987 has led the Rollins Band, whose ninth album, Come In and Burn, was just released by DreamWorks.
As a spoken-word artist, he regularly performs at colleges and theaters worldwide and has released eight spoken-word audiotapes. His album Get in the Van won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for 1995. As an actor, he has appeared in The Chase, Johnny Mnemonic, Heat, and David Lynch's forthcoming film, Lost Highway.
From his days as front man for the band Black Flag and the current Rollins Band to his books and spoken-word audiotapes, Henry Rollins is the music, the attitude, and the voice that takes no prisoners. In his twelve books, he has led us on a hallucinatory journey through the decades--and his mind--with poems, essays, short stories, diary entries, and rants that exist at "the frayed edges where reality ends and imagination begins" (Publishers Weekly). For the first time, the best of his legendary, no-holds-barred writings are available. This collection includes new photos and works from such seminal Rollins books as:
High Adventure in the Great Outdoors
Art to Choke Hearts
Black Coffee Blues
Get in the Van
Do I Come Here Often?
Plus never before released stories and more...
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The Portable Henry Rollins
All this writing in Pissing in the Gene Pool and Art to Choke Hearts
came from one frame of mind. The two books were eventually put together
and released as a single volume. A great deal of the material was
written in Venice, California, in 1986. I was living across the street
from a very active crack house. Business was conducted day and night. At
one point, there was a drive-by shooting and apparently some girls died.
The crack house folded soon after.
I saw it on TV. An L-1011. Full-color footage. It looked like a ruptured
toy. The men were out with their garbage bags, picking up limbs. There
was luggage, clothes, bodies, and big hunks of metal all over the place.
I'll never forget the sight of that enormous plane ripped apart and
gutted like a big foot had kicked it around. I wonder what that must
have been like. Picking up heads, arms, fingers, and assorted guts and
loading them into plastic bags. I wonder if those guys go through the
pockets of the dead, maybe get a little beer money. Why not? What the
fuck is a stiff going to do with money? There must have been flies all
over the place, being summer and all. Ask any fly and he'll tell you,
there's nothing better than fresh guts on a summer day! The telecast
turned to the chief coroner. He said that identification of the corpses
would take a long time. He said that most of the bodies were covered
with jet fuel, a lot were burned beyond recognition. He asked that the
relatives bring any photographs, dental records, and doctor's info
(operation scars) that they had to help speed up the process. In a few
days Time and Newsweek will have good color pictures of t