In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk-rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man”—but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.”
For better than a quarter century, Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and—without a microphone—as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity bypassing the resorts in favor of places like Siberia, Senegal, Burma and Bangladesh.
When he’s not living out of a backpack, Rollins is constantly at work as an actor, radio DJ, author of more than 25 books and running his publishing company and record label 2.13.61. Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. Henry has also shared his topical rants and played thoughtful interviewer as host of The Henry Rollins Show, and mixed performance and documentary in a string of Uncut specials filmed around the globe. Now, in 10 Things, Henry brings his unbridled passion for history to H2, searching for the stories and facts you don’t know about America’s extraordinary past.