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The First Five (Henry Rollins) by [Rollins, Henry]
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1845 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: 2.13.61 (May 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXBA10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I started reading Rollins' books at the beginning of the year and he has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

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.
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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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I bought this small book as a tiny gift for my fiance whom is a Henry fan. He loved it ;)
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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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