Talking From the Box/Henry Rollins Goes to London
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There's no music here, and precious little in the way of artifice--no special effects (notwithstanding some subtle editing and the use of both color and black and white), no production numbers, no props--just Rollins and his audience, which listens raptly as he rants, reads a little verse, tells some stories, and reminisces about his childhood, his life on the road, and so on. Sure, the anger is there, and the profanity flows freely. But Rollins also reveals himself to be surprisingly smart and literate, amusingly self-deprecating, generous, even vulnerable--especially during the "Two Boys" portion of Talking from the Box, when he recounts the horrific but riveting tale of the death of his best friend. Powerful stuff. --Sam Graham
- Two spoken-word theater performances on two DVD discs
- Pictures from Henry's personal photo archive
- A complete discography
- Henry's notes about each show
Top Customer Reviews
"Talking.." contains some funny stuff (Tales of his pet store days about "Bun-Bun the Rabbit", Henry's observations on and experiences in the LA Riots in 1992), as well as some more intense stuff; descriptions of his father's abuse, and the story about himself and Joe Cole.
It's an intense tape, and a good one. I highly recommend it for all fans, and even some of the non-fans may find it compelling and excellent, as I do.
The manner in which he presents his sets can be confusing . Without me spoiling it you have to watch to understand what I am referring to. Even if you do not find it funny it certainly is not boring and an interesting sociology view into a subset of American experience.
You can tell straight up this guys been there and done that. The man speaks, you listen. You hang on his every word right to the end.
I remember knowing this recording word for word in the early ninety's on VHS. Finding out that it existed on DVD was awesome as I could re-live the experience all over again like it was just yesterday.
I strongly recommend this DVD to anyone and everyone. It's a must have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thanks for the DVD set. It was for a gift & the person really liked it. Fast Shipping too!Published on June 29, 2008 by C. Barnes
This DVD has the typical Rollins in an untypical way. He reveals his most inner heart troubles, while surrounding these moments where no one takes a breath with his easy going... Read morePublished on September 22, 2001 by Jake White
I picked this up on a recent trip to LA and then subsequently saw Hank in a spoken word show in London. The contrast couldn't be more stark. Read morePublished on July 2, 2001 by email@example.com
This spoken word video shows ol' hank at his very best. Funny, real, and sometimes poignant in his diatribes on life. He bashes the nail on the head yet again!Published on March 12, 2000 by e m bernard