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The First Five (Henry Rollins) Kindle Edition
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This set of books is essential to any fan of Rollins in my opinion for two reasons; First, it was written prior to the death of a dear friend of his which is visible in his writing. I can't exactly explain how. But it is there. Second, Rollins (though he won't admit it) is one of the great writers and poets of our time. His works will be studied in universities someday as they reflect the era and challenge our accepted moral codes in a poetic but fierce manner. This books gives the reader a chance to see the author's words prior to their refinement. Prior to his relationship with H. Selby Jr. Prior to becoming a regular with LA Weekly. Prior to being famous.
I recommend this book. But I will warn you. Like other Rollins books, it is exhausting- in a good way.
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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A well conducted and candid interview with one of the true pioneer of the hardcore music scene. A great read that you will want to revisit time and time again.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is five books in one. Very intense stuff. I'm a Henry Rollins fan, and I liked it a lot.Published 14 months ago by Jeff Kelleher
The intensity of razor blade loaded atomic brick to the groin. On your loneliest, darkest nights, you are not Rollins dark. Gritty, intense, and razor sharp.Published on January 14, 2014 by Chris
This book is nearly worthless. This is barely poetry, and attempts to label it as such defile the art form. Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by Michael H. Rath
Though not technically his first five books (you'll have to do some serious research), this is an EXCELLENT compendium of the early works. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by J. Hounshell
Henry Rollins appeals to a very specific demographic: That being the young, misfit of society, usually lives in a small town and has been ostracized their whole life. Read morePublished on April 2, 2003
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