Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins

Host, Henry Rollins

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 front-man 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 LA's renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. In recent years has hosted several TV shows for National Geographic, including 2012's three-part series Animal Underworld with Henry Rollins.

Henry Rollins on KCRW

Fanatic! I reckon there’s a chance it’s pretty hot where you are. It’s currently 93F at my location. I hope you had a great week with a lot of music.

KCRW Broadcast 794

Fanatic! I reckon there’s a chance it’s pretty hot where you are. It’s currently 93F at my location. I hope you had a great week with a lot of music.

from Henry Rollins

Fanatic! we’ve got a great show lined up for you. We’re starting the new Alan Vega and Liz Lamere records tonight. Both are very cool.

KCRW Broadcast 793

Fanatic! we’ve got a great show lined up for you. We’re starting the new Alan Vega and Liz Lamere records tonight. Both are very cool.

from Henry Rollins

Fanatic! I hope you had a great week. I’ve been working away on book projects and trying to keep it going. I’ve been getting some records played over the last few days. I liked these.

KCRW Broadcast 792

Fanatic! I hope you had a great week. I’ve been working away on book projects and trying to keep it going. I’ve been getting some records played over the last few days. I liked these.

from Henry Rollins

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Fanatic! I think it’s a holiday weekend. At the gym earlier, I saw on the news there will be millions of people on the road all over the USA. Please be careful out there.

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Fanatic. I hope you had a great week.

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