Henry Rollins was just 20 years old when he quit his job at a Häagen-Dazs shop in Washington DC to join Black Flag. By August 1981, he was the band’s singer, their fourth in five years.
After recording six full-length albums and adopting a rigorous touring ethic which would see lesser bands weep for their mothers, the Californian punks eventually imploded in 1986.
Since then, he’s fronted his own band, collaborated with the likes of Tony Iommi, Iggy Pop, William Shatner and The Flaming Lips. But Henry Rollins' achievements aren’t just confined to the stage and studio.
He’s an award-winning author who releases books through his own label 2.13.61 – his birthdate, American-style – and has performed spoken word shows around the world. He’s an actor, radio host and documentary maker, as well lending his voice to humanitarian campaigns. He’s also found the time to maintain a relationship with dumbbells.
So, after spending 40 years fighting the good fight in the punk rock wars, Henry Rollins has learned a thing or two in the frontline. Here’s a collection of his observations, quips and nuggets of advice learned along the way.