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Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins
Rollins performing in 2006
Personal information
Birth nameHenry Lawrence Garfield
GenresSpoken word, punk rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, hardcore punk
OccupationMusician, singer-songwriter, actor, motivational speaker, stand-up comedian, spoken-word artist, activist, publisher
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1980 present
Labels2.13.61, Dischord, Quarterstick Records, SST
Associated actsRollins Band
Black Flag
State of Alert
Henrietta Collins and the Wifebeating Childhaters
Wartime
Mother Superior

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Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield; February 13, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, writer, comedian, publisher, actor, and radio DJ.

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. Following the band's breakup, Rollins soon established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.

Since Black Flag, Rollins has embarked on projects covering a variety of media. He has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, MTV's 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had a recurring dramatic role in the second season of Sons of Anarchy and has also had roles in several films. Rollins has also campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, and an end to war in particular, and tours overseas with the United Service Organizations to entertain American troops.


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