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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (February 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375750002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375750007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Bang!
Black Coffee Blues
Get in the Van
Do I Come Here Often?
Solipsist


Plus never before released stories and more...

From the Back Cover

"Essential reading for anyone interested in breaking through the Pollyannaish facade of America at the end of the century".
--Library Journal

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Henry Rollins is one of a kind.
Stalwaty
As a longtime reader of his books, I should mention that his writing style is direct, raw, and at times disturbing.
Joe V
He frees us to believe the things that we really want to.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Like wine, Henry Rollins gets better with age. This, being his 13th release (or so) on 2.13.61 publications, proves to be a turning point for the hot animal machine. One might find this strange when considering that the book is a collection of material from his previous works. But, let's be honest; anyone who has read "High Adventures in the Great Outdoors" or "Now Watch Him Die" knows that Rollins usually has the tendency to drag things on a bit. In the Portable Henry Rollins, the very best segments of each work are compiled together. Thus, by reading straight through, one can actually see the progression and maturity of Rollins as a writer through the years. My personal favorites are the segments from Get in the Van, Solipsist, and the new short stories at the end of the book which, for the more nostalgaic reader, are memoirs of life with the zany Ian McKaye. Anyone who glorifies the lifestyle of American Punk (or should I say Hardcore to be politically correct?) really should check out this book. Here are testimonies from teenagers and young adults, exposing the less glamourous / more painful aspects of trying to make ends meet in a non-corporate way. One thing is for sure; after a read through, you will be convinced Rollins continues to do what he does for a genuine love of music and literature. Who else would put up with lose cartilidge in the knees, stolen equipment / clothes, and fights at their own concerts every night? Either he is committed or truly insane! It is worthy to note, however, that anyone foreign to the world of Black Flag / Rollins Band would also find this book to be truly enjoyable.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Schell on April 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I think when a person has seen enough of the twisted and crazy in the world, they need to have a blow off valve for all that pent up insanity. Henry Rollins has seemed to attract more madness to himself in less time than anyone I've ever seen. Obviously, with his great intelligence, he noted lots of the hypocrisy in the world, and with his unique view point, blessed us with his writing. This book is great, and makes any member of society take a good look at what they're killing themselves to become "the best" of. This book is required reading for anyone sick of the BS daily life makes us all live through. Henry Rollins is a genius. (And his band rules.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
As I flew home today to Chicago, I found myself once again bound to Henry Rollins and his insight, humor and distrust for men, pigs, skinhead punkers and wannabes. Henry Rollins is a voice of reality that far too often gets ignored by pop culture. A role that he seems to enjoy. However, it would be misleading of me to say that Henry Rollins would want any pats on the back or adjulation. Just read, understand and think. Don't accept whatever is spoon fed to you. Make your own decisions, accept the consequences, get in the van and see where you end up. Thanks Henry. You made a long flight less painful. (I am bound by the rating system, but I feel that this book stands on its own. Ratings are for week minded people who need to be told what is good and bad in life. This view is my own and does not represent AMAZON.com.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best I've ever read. If you are stuck on which Henry Rollins book to buy I suggest you get this one. It is an anthology of his past books put together in one hell of a book. If you are a Rollins fan or not, I recomend you buy this book. Trust me you wont regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a brutal, and often times brutally funny, introduction to the writings of Henry Rollins. Trippy poetry, life on tour, observations on life and human nature.....this book has it all. If you've always been curious about Rollins and his work, this anthology will give you a fairly thorough sampling of what he does best -- make you think. I recommend this book highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristen A. Criado on January 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a fan of the "audible" Rollins, I was very intrigued to see what the "written" Rollins was all about. This anthology of Rollins' work is just superb. The rawness, the humor, the darkness, the energy; all are hallmarks of Henry's style. If you've ever wanted to start to see what makes Henry tick, this is a great place to start. I can guarantee something will grab you and invade your soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blake Conley on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was my first real exposure to Mr. Rollins. I've now read the book twice (A rare thing for me) and will probably do it again. This book has proven to be a thought provoking and mind expandind introduction to Hank. I f you are curios as to what all the fuss is over this hulking tatooed rage magnet, check this book out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Myers on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great intro to Rollins and what makes him tick. There is much more depth to be plumbed if you have the inclination and time to discover more about this modern day 'renaissance man' but this is a good place to start with printed work.
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