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"I was in Dubai at one point eating dinner with people from the American Consulate and I asked if there was any place I should not ever go . . . They all said Pakistan. So, of course, I went!" — Henry Rollins, from the book

About the Author

Henry Rollins: the internationally-known spoken writer, photographer, word artist, musician, TV and radio host, record producer, recording artist and bandleader got his start in the early Punk Rock International Cultural Revolution as roadie and then vocalist for Black Flag. He has dozens of recordings and books available.

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Product Details

  • Series: Re/Search Pocketbook
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Re/Search Publications (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889307378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889307374
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.2 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
The First Five is undoubtably one of the densest volumes of pain ever published. Mean and to the point, Rollins puts down with fury prose poems jammed full of the loniliness of the road, the wounding and scarring of heartbreak, and the strength required to walk through it and walk away with a lesson learned. This book contains Pissing in the gene pool, Bang! High Adventure in the Great Outdoors, Art to choke hearts, and One from None, with the texts re-edited this His words take hold of you in the deep dark parts of your heart and mind that many find too painful to dwell in on the nights alone, and drags you through it all and out the other side. Leaving you changed and looking at everything and everyone slightly different from there on out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Konrath on January 25, 2013
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A pocket book that's essentially a 2.5 hour phone conversation from 2011 between V.Vale and Henry Rollins. This is got a lot of good stuff in a nice small volume, mostly catching up with Rollins on his travels and latest projects. He discusses archiving old punk records, visiting places like Uganda and North Korea, music fandom, e-publishing, wikileaks, and gear to pack for travel. This is a great little read, and I love small books like this, the perfect size to shove in a pocket and look at on the go. I hope Re/Search does more of these with other interesting people, because if they did this as a regular series, I'd love to buy a subscription or just snap up every one that came out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shane barker on October 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
You know those nights...the ones that make you want to dig a big hole and pull the ground over your head or the kind of days when getting hit by a bus would be a HUGE improvement? If you're a fan of humanity as it stands, this book will cure you of that quickly. It's as real and raw as anything ever written and far more honest than is likely to make you feel comfortable. This is the sort of stuff that rattles in your head when aren't sure why you even bother waking up anymore. This book will keep you company in the dark hours and soothe even the most bruised soul. If you're not a "HAPPY" person, this book probably belongs on your shelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Originally, I thought that a book written by Henry Rollins would be nothing but an angry, cold-hearted jerk-fest. As I read on, however, I found that there was true emotion and heart-felt anguish that the reader could relate to. The best part was when he talked about drug-addiction. There was no more wrenching part in any book that I can think of. Well-placed references to his life in one of the most popular punk bands of the 80's gave insight to the trials and tribulations that he must have endured living as such. There is no better book for the modern poet to read and learn about how real reflections into life are, not sonnets and ballads to your loved ones, but pain and fury.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Schaub on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
While his later works, especially mid-late 90's, are much more mature, Henry did pretty good for his first several forays into the writing world. His poetry is mind-numbingly dense, and can only be taken in small doses. His short stories and rants are easier to absorb, and it's cool to hear a young man my age vent with such precision. Much of what he writes is to be taken as abstract; when speaking of murder and other dispicable acts, you know he is merely fantasizing. Get this book to read the more introspective and free-thinking passages Henry wrote while he was in Black Flag; it makes a nice compliment to his popular "Get In The Van" book (highly recommended).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kiowa on March 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this small book as a tiny gift for my fiance whom is a Henry fan. He loved it ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison on February 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've read Hank's other books and I love them all; not just because they're good reading, because they're true. And this one is no exception. These first five collected books are a great look back at how it all began for a man that became such a voice for hard reality, pain and strength. If you don't want to have to think about any of those things, I wouldn't recommend this book to you, or maybe I would, because it's always good to view both sides of the coin in life.
Though fictional, with the exception of his journal entries, all the short prose and poems have an edge to them that makes you wonder if maybe they could be true; as if your reading the story of someone else's life or even your own. Rollins has a masterful grip on how people think, feel and interact and he's not afraid to delve deep into the darkest parts to put them on paper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
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Whether you agree or disagree with Rollins is a moot point: what matters is, agree or not, at least his work is thought-provoking, and not the run of the mill worn out "boy meets girl, boy loses girl" junk you usually find nowadays. This collection of Rollins' first five books is especially enjoyable as you can realize his personal growth reflected through his writing from the earlier work to the later work. In turn, it makes you reflect on your own beliefs about the evils of society which Rollins so vividly describes and vehemently attacks. Bang! is the show-stopper, with masterful imagery and a powerful message.
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