Henry Lawrence Garfield (born February 13, 1961), known professionally as Henry Rollins, is an American singer, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist. He hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, is a regular columnist for Rolling Stone Australia and was a regular columnist for LA Weekly. After performing in the short-lived band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986. Following the band’s breakup, he 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 to 2003 (and again in 2006). Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, 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. He has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including the promotion of LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three, and an end to all war. Here are all of Henry Rollins’s albums ranked.
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3. Get In The Van (1994)
“Henry Rollins’ diary about his experience touring with Black Flag is eye-opening, gut wrenching, and inspiring all at the same time. From his unbridled passion for music that drives him to quit his secure job and hop on the tour bus, to the uncomfortable, embarrassing, and downright dangerous situations they encountered, this is a must listen for anyone interested in doing music full time.”
2. Drive By Shooting (1987)
“Henry Rollins is now no longer the just the lead singer of the legendary and sadly depared Black Flag (my favorite punk band of all time), he now leads the successful and experimental Rollins Band, has recorded quite a few hillarious spoken word albums (a string of T.V. specials based in it followed), and has played parts in many movies.”
1. Hot Animal Machine (1987)
“This release compiles Hot Animal Machine with the Drive-By Shooting EP, which was recorded under the pseudonym Henrietta Collins and the Wifebeating Childhaters. If you think the title is cool, you’ll like the album, too. Highlights include “A Man and a Woman”, which is about how everyone trivializes spousal abuse, “Move Right In”, the closest Hank comes to outright heavy metal, the EP’s title track, and “Men Are Pigs.” The last song is acapella.”