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Get in the Van Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: 2.13.61 Records
  • ASIN: B0000E3HJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I recommend this spoken word book on CD to anyone who likes punk music. What is contained on it is a diary of Henry Rollins during his Black Flag years. Lots of tour stories, some that will make you roll on the floor laughing and others that will make you think "holy %^$#." I read the book when I was 15 and I think it actually changed my life. The way Henry describes what he was feeling during these insane punk shows is awesome. He doesn't hold anything back here. Its all there to be judged and he doesn't can tell.

He spits in some guy's face because the guy says it would be an honor, then Henry grabs him up and tells him next time someone does that to him, break his jaw. It is just classic Rollins. And he really tells it well.

The reason that this documentation is important is because this era of music is gone. It is dead. Real rock and roll, or "punk," is a legend now...and no I'm not talking about Good Charlotte. Kids have no idea what bands like The Misfits, Metallica, The Stones, and Black Flag went through to get signed or to "make it." It wasn't MTV. It wasn't the radio. It wasn't having a relative in the was pure energy and real drive. What it was was hard work. Very hard work.

Got a son or nephew in a band?? BUY THIS FOR HIM. He will respect you for life.
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By A Customer on June 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD is Amazing, and Disturbing at the same time. I loved it. if you are a musician, Then Buy this. If you are not a musician, Still Buy it.
Disc one is a lot more light hearted and entertaining, in a way,
He talks about Joining the band, Recording the Damaged LP and going on tour and playing with great bands like the Damned, Flipper, Dead Kennedys, and the Misfits, its great to hear those stories, he also talks about a lot of bad stuff that happened on the European tour, which was also great and educational, Its hard to believe that a band like Black Flag that is so Respected now days got kicked around and Harassed and Screwed over so much back then. Lots of Skinhead, and Poser Stories, pretty scary stuff.
The thing I like about Henry Rollins so much is that he Says Exactly what I feel, like he takes the words right out of my mouth, I know it sounds Cheesy but its true, the way he describes and thinks about 99% of people and the "Punkers" and "Posers", and "Macho people" who think they are tough, and just all the B.S. you have to put up with.
its 100% right, just listen to this CD, youll know what I'm talking about.
Disc Two, on the other hand is very depressing and Disturbing,
it is great though. it really shows you the dark side of touring, and thats pretty much the whole vibe of disc two.
just miserable and rough.
I couldn't stop listening to it, it was like heroin or something. Great CD.
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Henry Rollins is, and I don't say this often but I will here, an inspiration to me. While I don't agree or like everything he says on some topics, he has taught me many things through his spoken word performances. One of them, (and thats perhaps why I love the SWEATBOX collection of stories) is that weakness is stupid and that everyone should try to destroy what is weak in their lives (mine is lazyness and I am working on it). GET IN THE VAN has Hank telling the important events in his life just before joining and during his time with the band Black Flag.
It's quite a ride as Hank will tell how he as a manager schmoe in an ice cream store gets to meet and audition for the band Black Flag. Hank joins and quickly sees his life go upside down. The cops aren't always the good guys, more often or not their in his and the bands face for no reason other then to flaunt authority. When it's not the cops here in the states, it's the skinheads overseas that give them problems and fights. Food wasn't always a gaurentee (one of the roadies for a while lived on dogfood and bread). Equipment and money is stolen by junkies, cars break down or are vandalized, and even other bands hassle them. Hardly glorious at all for a band.
Hank at times gets bleak with his writings about how he doens't need anybody or anything and how cold the world is. Hearing him recite the stories of his younger self is pretty cool and he doesn't over enphasize hardly any of it.
Thats where part of the problem is in the recording. Hank for the most part of the CD's (which are nearly 2 and a half hours together) merely recites from his notes. Rarely does he emote or "get into it" here and sounds like a bland cipher and thats too bad.
Another caveat is in the way the material is presented.
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Henry Rollins' diary about his experience touring with Black Flag is eye-opening, gut wrenching, and inspiring all at the same time. From his unbridled passion for music that drives him to quit his secure job and hop on the tour bus, to the uncomfortable, embarrassing, and downright dangerous situations they encountered, this is a must listen for anyone interested in doing music full time.

While their circumstances were awful--skipping meals if they had to spend the money on gas that night, sleeping on floors of filthy apartments, enduring extreme heat, cold, and hatred from "fans"--their story is oddly inspiring. It opens your eyes to the fact that the passion for music is a powerful thing.

This is an excellent listen, with story after intriguing story of the exploits of Black Flag. You don't have to enjoy punk music to enjoy this. If you're looking for a little motivation to kick start your musical career, absolutely buy this! It's so worth the $9.


At the end, Henry points out that it's possible to gain musical stardom without going through that much pain and suffering. But he sums it up well when he says, "Those people are missing out on a lot of fun."
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