Henry Rollins is an American musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian. He hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. Rollins has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three and an end to war in particular. As of 2013, Rollins is the host of the educational history television series 10 Things You Don’t Know About, joining the show for its second and third seasons.
Loneliness Adds Beauty To Life. It Puts A Special Burn On Sunsets And Makes Night Air Smell Better.
As A Young Person Growing Up In Washington, D.c., Summers Were Hot, Humid And Relentless. My Friends And I Grew More Restless And Adventurous With Every Passing Year.
I Don't Know If You Have Ever Seen The Woody Allen Film 'Annie Hall,' But It Is, In A Way, To Los Angeles And 'Hollywood' What 'This Is Spinal Tap' Is To Many Musicians.
Adolescence Is A Plague On The Senses.
Whenever Any Great Song Or Album Gets Lost In The Ether, Someone Is Deprived Of The Joy Of Hearing It, And The Great Effort Of Those Who Created And Recorded The Work Is Damaged.
I'm 36 And If I Met A Woman Of My Own Age And Married Her, I'd Also Be Marrying Her Former Life, Her Past. It Might Be Ok For Some People - I Don't Want To Judge It Or Anything - But It's Not For Me. It Would Destroy My Creativity.
As Long As I Tell The Truth I Feel That Nobody Can Touch Me.
To Hate Is To Show You Still Care, Who Needs That, Focus On What's Really Important.
Giving A Good Performance, Giving It All Is What It's All About. I Love To Perform.
I Don't Want To Pass Through Life Like A Smooth Plane Ride.
Music To Me Is Mankind's Greatest Possible Achievement Because Look At All The Good It Does.
I Have Never Experienced Anything Like Walking Out Onto The Stage Of An Oversold Venue And, Before The First Note Is Struck, Realizing That There Is Not Going To Be Enough Oxygen For All Of Us.
In Winter, I Plot And Plan. In Spring, I Move.
In Israel, There's A Lot To Learn From Anyone, Because To Live There You've Got To Deal With The Truth. Things Happen Real Fast. Your Day Goes From Cool To Catastrophic In One Second. Israelis Know That The Cafe You're In Could Blow Up, Or The Shopping Mall, And They Rock That.
I Wasn't Playing The Music, The Music Was Playing Me... And Once That Went Away, And I Had The Feeling I Was Playing Music, I Had To Stop. The Need To Go Onstage And Get My Brain Flattened Every Night Left Me, And What I Didn't Wanna Do Is Go Onstage And Perpetrate A Fraud... You Cannot Fool An Audience.
It's Easy For Me To Play Bad Guys Because It's A Very Linear Acting. Bad Guys Aren't Empathetic. Being A Bad Guy Is Great Because You're Not Friendly And You Don't Have To Do Much With Your Face.
If You Listen To The Way I Speak And Watch The Way I Conduct Myself - There's Nothing About Me That's Rock N' Roll. It's Like, 'Hello, I'm In A Rock N' Roll Band'. 'No, You're A Narc.'
When I'm Off The Road, And I Can Really Control My Diet Down To The Calorie, I Juice Seven Days A Week. Every Afternoon, Whatever I Have At Hand, Beets, Carrots, Ginger, Whatever. I Juice, Literally, Every Single Day. And On The Road, I Try To Find Fresh Juice Wherever I Can.
Unsurprisingly, Nelson Mandela Had And Still Has Many Detractors.
I Am An Employment Hyena. I Am Happy To Make A Meal Of What The Lions Leave Behind.
I Don't Need To Have My Convictions Confirmed By A Show Of Numbers. However, Being Among People In Front Of A Band Leads Me To Believe That All Is Not Lost, That Humans, Now And Then, Can Communicate On A Higher Level Than The Political And The Practical.
My Optimism Wears Heavy Boots And Is Loud.
Dinosaur Jr. In Their Live Capacity Are A Band That Put Me In A State Of Such Overwhelming Rock That It Often Takes Quite A While To Come Down.
My Laptop Seems To Know Where I Am, Even If I Don't. My Cellphone Asks Me If I Want Directions To Anywhere From The Spot I Am Standing In. I Buy A Record Online And Amazon.com Sends Me Letters, Telling Me That People Who Bought What I Bought Also Bought These Other Records.
I Wonder If It Is Australia's Great Distance From More Populated Land Masses That Allows Its Inhabitants To Be Left To Their Own Devices, To Be Incredibly Creative And, At Times, To Be Wonderfully Weird.
I Was Happy To Find Out That When On Tour, Dolly Parton Doesn't Use Hotels But Stays On Her Bus Every Night, To The Point Of Having Her Buses Shipped From Austria To Australia So She Can Tour The Way She Sees Fit. I Used One Of Her Buses Once - An Honor.
For Me, Memphis Has Always Been A City That Holds A Great Deal Of Meaning And Also Leads Me To A Lot Of Thinking. Besides Sun Studio, Which Helped Put Rock N' Roll On The Map All Over The World, The Legendary Stax Studio Also Called Memphis Home.
When I Think Of Mick Jagger Still Singing That He Can't Get Any Satisfaction In Over Forty Years Of Being In The Rolling Stones, I Have To Conclude That He's Either Lying Or Not All That Bright.
Hope Is The Last Thing A Person Does Before They Are Defeated.
In The Summer Of '84, You Just Couldn't Escape The Born In The Usa Record.
I Just Travel The World With My Backpack And My Cameras And A Bunch Of Clif Bars.
I'd Like To Talk To Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'Cause I Live In California And I Just Want To See That Canned, Chemical Filled Body In My Office.
Most Americans Are Very Cool People.
Every Year, August Lashes Out In Volcanic Fury, Rising With The Din Of Morning Traffic, Its Great Metallic Wings Smashing Against The Ground, Heating The Air With Ever-increasing Intensity.
Change Is Hard, But Change Is Good.
Don't Do Anything By Half. If You Love Someone, Love Them With All Your Soul. When You Go To Work, Work Your Ass Off. When You Hate Someone, Hate Them Until It Hurts.
Where There Is Young People And Vitality, You're Going To Find Punk Rock.
I Try To Be Well Informed. I Don't Know How Well I Do All The Time, But I Try Nonetheless.
When Someone Asks You, 'What's Punk?' My Reply Is, 'If You Have To Ask, You're Never Going To Know.'
I Hate Painting With A Broad Brush, But I Think The Birther Thing, At Its Root, Is Racist. The Guy Was Born In Hawaii. A Black Guy Is President. It's Cool. Get Over It. Just Deal With It. There's Nothing You Could Show These Birther People That Would Shut Them Up.
I Don't Know If Music Has Ever Achieved Anything Past Appealing To The People That It Appeals To. If A Song Could Stop A War, Then Bob Marley And Bob Dylan Songs Would Have Stopped One Or Two.
It's Hard To Judge Literary Merit.
Football Is At Least As 'Gay' As Rugby, Greco-roman Wrestling And The Film '300.'
The Only Thing About Sanctions Is That, Like A Lot Of Drone Strikes, There Are Countless Unintended Victims. Cutting Off Aid To Uganda Only Increases The Pain There.
My First Visit To West Berlin Was In February 1983. The Drive Through East Berlin, The Fact That West Berlin Was Surrounded By A Wall That Was More Than 100 Miles Long - The Absurdity And Intensity Of It Really Knocked Me Out.
I Believe That One Defines Oneself By Reinvention. To Not Be Like Your Parents. To Not Be Like Your Friends. To Be Yourself. To Cut Yourself Out Of Stone.
Do You Know Why Albert Camus Was So Prolific? He Wrote To Keep From Screaming.
America Was Cool With Saddam Hussein When He Was Killing Iranians.
George Zimmerman Is A Foot Soldier In A Rapidly Privatizing Country. He Is A New Centurion Of 21st-century America. Law Enforcement Is Tied Down By The Strictures Of, Well, The Law. There Is Only 'So Much They Can Do' To Take Care Of The 'Problem.'
I Am Neither Pro- Nor Anti-gun. I Am Gun-conscious.