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.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full.
Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran.
Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, in addition to writing weekly columns for the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. In 2013, after previously anchoring shows for IFC and National Geographic, Henry joined the History Channel’s H2 network as host of the TV show 10 Things You Don’t Know About. In 2014, Henry received the prestigious Ray Bradbury Creativity Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism, as well as his intense passion for the importance of maintaining books and libraries.
• In 2011, Henry became the voiceover for the Japanese luxury car Infiniti, for television commercials in the US and Canada.
• Recurring guest star in the FX television drama Sons of Anarchy as neo-Nazi villain AJ Weston.
• Starring role in the movie He Never Died from writer/director Jason Krawczyk (The Briefcase).
• Henry’s previous acting credits span more than 20 films, including David Lynch’s Lost Highway, Bad Boys II, and voice work for animated series including American Dad, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, and others.
• Host of The History Channel’s H2 network show 10 Things You Don’t Know About.
• Host of the National Geographic television series Animal Underworld With Henry Rollins.
• Host of National Geographic Explorer special Born To Rage.
• Film critic and interviewer on The Henry Rollins Show (and, previously, Henry’s Film Corner) on IFC, the Independent Film Channel.
Spoken Word Performer
• Henry is well known for his popular spoken word performances, or “talking shows” as he calls them, are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of political commentary and personal anecdote, full of humor, outrage, pop culture, along with a healthy dose of skepticism.
• 2014 Keynote speaker at the LA Times Travel Convention
• In 2013, Henry was chosen as the keynote speaker at the Association of College and Research Librarians Conference. Keynote speaker at California Library Association Conference.
• Henry hosts a great mix of all kinds of music weekly every Sunday night on L.A.’s acclaimed public radio station KCRW. The show airs Sunday nights from 8-10pm Pacific, and streams online at KCRW.com.
• From 2004-2009, Henry hosted the show “Harmony In My Head” on L.A.’s now-defunct Indie 103.1 FM. (His trilogy of Fanatic! books put Henry’s passion for music on display with meticulously annotated playlists from this show.)
• Henry Rollins: The Column! appears every Thursday in the LA Weekly.
• Author of more than 25 books, including the Black Coffee Blues, Broken Summers, and Get in the Van. Henry’s first book of photography, Occupants, was released in 2011 by Chicago Review Press, showcasing a stunning collection of photos and essays from Henry’s international travels
• Released on his own 2.13.61 imprint, Before the Chop: LA Weekly Articles 2011-2012) compiles Henry’s first 100 LA Weekly columns in their original, unedited form.
• The travelogue series, A Grim Detail, A Mad Dash, A Preferred Blur and A Dull Roar document Henry’s travels through the years 2006-2010, detailing trips from Los Angeles, to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
• Before leading the Grammy-nominated Rollins Band, Henry made his mark as the frenetic frontman for legendary band Black Flag.
• Rollins Band performed at the 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and was nominated for Best Metal Performance that same year for the song “Liar.”
• Henry spearheaded the West Memphis Three benefit album Rise Above, which featured two dozen songs by his former band (Black Flag) played by his then-current Rollins Band line up