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Product Details

  • Series: Henry Rollins
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: 2.13.61; 2nd edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880985551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880985557
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An intelligent and perceptive man." Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Henry Garfield started singing in the DC punk band State of Alert before changing his name and becoming a legendary punk figure as frontman for Black Flag and his own Rollins Band. He started acting after doing several ads and MTV appearances, and his tattooed, musclebound body and gravel voice was a natural for tough guy roles in Hollywood features. Henry Rollins is the author of several books, and is also a renowned spoken word performer, making countless appearances at theatres and colleges worldwide.

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Customer Reviews

I fell in love with Henry Rollins when I saw an episode of his spoken word show.
Deana V.
I thought that there may be damage to the book, which has been the case in that past, but this wasn't the case.
Alex D Steingraber
I read this little gem and re-read it a few more times, I was doubled over in pain from the laughter each time.
Steffan Piper

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By hadar tomer on June 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
i was first introduced to the work of henry rollins at the age of 18.today i am 27 and rollins never ceases to amaze me.he simply tells it like it is.if you get into the whole henry rollins way of thinking,you can easily find yourself in some of the stories he tells.you might have been the guy rejected by a girl.you were the guy too afraid to do anything about his education,his parents,his life.suddenly i found that i was not the only person in the world,burning for hours and hours in my room,my brain on fire.rollins was there too.I WAS NOT ALONE.
rollins doesnt waste time contemplating his own poor sad condition.he does the opposite-he tells you to get up and do something about it."he would someday grow into a strong,rage driven monster that rose like an iron sun".his essays at the end - "monster" and "i know you" were my best friends at VERY hard times.this book,along with "solipsist" made me change my whole attitude towards life.they inspired me to take my life into my own hands.BECAUSE of these books i got the inspiretion to get my degree,work out and live a happy,self aware life.if you dont know who you are,if you ever felt rejection,pain,fear,loathing- read what henry has to say about it - and adopt a whole new attitude towards your life.its worth it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steffan Piper VINE VOICE on March 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this little gem and re-read it a few more times, I was doubled over in pain from the laughter each time. Henry Rollins captures Los Angeles by the throat in this book and shakes it for dear life. He probably wouldn't have any remorse about it either.

My favorite piece was #111, describing his feelings toward other famous musicians. This man should allow himself expansion into longer works though. He would become the Henry Miller of the next millennium.

His 'familial hate-fuel' never resolves itself in this, neither does he run short on truth and Angelino angst. But something tells me that's how he wants it. Don't expect him to whisper sweet-nothings into your ear with this.

Expect only the sole of his boot. Because Rollins delivers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Skwid on March 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Like all other Rollins books it's beautifully and brutally honest. It's the kind of book you find yourself reading on a train to nowhere alone. It's comforting, and stimulating. There's no arguing with the man,he's right. He is like a child unable to lie, who has seen way too much, telling you what is wrong and what is up. No political correctness or flowery verbage, just honesty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This was my 1st Henry Rollins book. Henry gives you the world in your hands through his eyes. Abuse,Drugs,Heartache,and everything else is in this book, on the last page the poem "I KNOW YOU" is so true, he really knows me, read it and then you'll know me. 124 worlds are worlds you think you live in but realized that they are the world He lives in. i loved this book and will continue to love Rollins' writing and music.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Parker on December 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. The section "124 Worlds" is one of the most intense things I have ever read. This is an ideal first read (it pulls you in more than SOLIPSIST might). I am proud to say when I saw a Rollins Band gig and I brought something to sign, I handed this to Henry. It holds a place of honor on my bookshelf.

If you haven't heard any of Henry's spoken word material or music albums, I heartily recommend checking them out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
While hank would probably hate anyone "reviewing" his work, I can't help but jot down a few notes on this one. This book, along with Black Coffee Blues Part 2, are the best the Mekaniks numerous works. Perhaps i identify with anyone who also appreciates Coffee as a religious experience. This book is a definite "must" for anyone who has sat in a foreign coffee shop feeling entirely depressed and alone, watching the world go by, with only some steaming java for comfort. If you can look at yourself & see the humour in that situation, you'll appreciate Henry Rollins spin on things.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have always been a fan of Henry Rollins from back in his Black Flag days, but I really love the voice that comes out through his words. This book is not for lightweights. It tells the cold, hard truth of Henry's life and times. It is a must read for any Rollins fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Mccollum on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has some funny commentary and some decent writing depicting a bleak point of view. I enjoyed it but this book will make you cringe more than giggle.
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