Henry Rollins: Wacken Open Air 2016 Spoken-Word Performance

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Henry Rollins: Wacken Open Air 2016 Spoken-Word Performance

 

Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins, whose outspoken views and activism work have made him one of punk’s most political alumni, spends most of his time writing a weekly column for alternative newspaper LA Weekly, taking on various acting roles, curating a radio show for Los Angeles-based KCRW and going on extensive spoken-word tours. He recently launched another extensive spoken-word tour in North America where he reflected his insights on his wide travels and shared his commentary on the recent nature of politics with a touch of Rollins humor for his audiences.
Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield; February 13, 1961) is an American musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian. He hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.

 

After performing in the short-lived Washington, D.C. band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986. Following the band’s breakup, Rollins established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, and formed the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.
 Since Black Flag disbanded, Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, MTV’s 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had recurring dramatic roles in the second season of Sons of Anarchy, in the final seasons of the animated series The Legend of Korra as Zaheer, and has also had roles in several films. Rollins has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rightsWorld Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three and an end to war in particular.
Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins

 

Rollins also has toured all over the world doing spoken word performances and his shows frequently last for over three hours. His spoken word style encompasses stand up comedy, accounts of experiences he’s had in the world of music and during his extensive travels around the globe, self-deprecating stories about his own shortcomings, introspective recollections from his own life (such as the death of his friend, Joe Cole), commentaries on society and playful, sometimes vulgar, anecdotes.
Back in August, Rollins spoke to the New Zealand TV show “Waatea 5th Estate” about what America might look like under President Donald Trump. He said: “I think you would have a country that would have an increasingly difficult time trying to get along with the European Union, such as it is, getting along with China, because we would become confrontational.
Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins

 

[That’s] not the way to deal with China, in my opinion. They play a longer game, their economy is run differently. They use sometimes confusion logic; there’s some great writing about it. If Trump says, ‘My way or the highway,’ the Chinese will go, ‘Okay, we’re gonna collect on all that debt. And so we’ll take that hotel and that whole skyline, that’s ours today.'”
He continued: “I don’t wanna get into any tough-guy chest puffing with any country; there’s too many kids to get hurt and my country’s economy can’t sustain it. So if he wants to run a country like a failed businessman or like a corny reality show, I’m not in. And so under a Trump presidency, I think you’d have brown people, black people, Muslim people, gay people having potentially a dangerous or a very awful time in America.”
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