Henry Rollins


Henry Rollins is an American spoken word artist, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, radio DJ, activist and former singer-songwriter. After performing for the short-lived Washington D.C. -based band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986.… Read More

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1961 Birth Born on February 13, 1961.


1979 18 Years Old 1 More Event
After high school, Rollins attended American University in Washington D.C. for one semester, but dropped out in December 1979. … Read More
1980 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, a friend gave Rollins and MacKaye a copy of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP.


When Black Flag returned to the East Coast in 1981, Rollins attended as many of their concerts as he could. … Read More
1982 21 Years Old 1 More Event
His stage persona impressed several critics; after a 1982 show in Anacortes, Washington, Sub Pop critic Calvin Johnson wrote: "Henry was incredible. … Read More
1983 - 1986 3 More Events
1987 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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. … Read More


1991 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991 the Rollins Band signed a distribution deal with Imago Records and appeared at the Lollapalooza festival; both improved the band's presence.
1992 31 Years Old Although traumatized by Cole's death, as chronicled in his book Now Watch Him Die, Rollins continued to release new material; the spoken-word album Human Butt appeared in 1992 on his own record label, 2.13.61. … Read More
According to critic Steve Huey, 1994 was Rollins's "breakout year". … Read More
1995 - 1997 3 More Events
1998 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, Rollins released Think Tank, his first set of non-book-related spoken material in five years.


The Rollins Band released several more albums, including 2001's Nice and 2003's Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three. … Read More
2002 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002 Rollins guest-starred on an episode of the sitcom The Drew Carey Show as a man whom Oswald found on eBay and paid to come to his house and "kick his ass".
2004 43 Years Old On May 19, 2004, Rollins began hosting a weekly radio show, Harmony in My Head, on Indie 103.1 radio in Los Angeles. … Read More
Rollins put the show on a short hiatus to undertake a spoken-word tour in early 2005.
2007 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Rollins published Fanatic! … Read More
2008 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2008, Rollins began contributing to the "Politics & Power" blog at the online version of Vanity Fair magazine. … Read More
2009 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2009, Rollins helped IAVA launch the second phase of the campaign which engages the friends and family of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at


2012 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, he hosted the National Geographic Wild series "Animal Underworld", investigating where the real boundaries lay in human-animal relationships. … Read More
2015 54 Years Old In August 2015, Rollins discussed his support for Bernie Sanders as a candidate in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries.
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