Henry Rollins on death and daddy issues

Henry Rollins on death and daddy issues


And moments later shots rung out and the next morning I cleaned my friend’s brains off my lawn Back in 1981, a very young Henry Rollins stormed the stage of the legendary punk band Black Flag He took the mic and the rest is history He blew the band away, they made him lead singer, he quit his job at an ice cream store And he hasn’t looked back Whatever Henry Rollins does, the dude does it hardcore Music, acting, he’s written over 25 books, he’s an anti-racism campaigner, a journalist, he travels the world speaking No family, no partner But where does the drive for all of it come from? Can I just say, Henry Rollins, welcome to the show Thank you very much You once said in an interview that your life is paranoia and fear and you’re just trying to not get hit Yeah Is that still true? Yeah, anger and fear: fear of failure drives me Paranoia of things going wrong around me, drives me I’m driven by a lot of kind, really ugly anger So I have a lot of that in me And it comes from a father who was terrifying and teachers who yelled at me and told me I’d never be anything And so, I descend from the sky and land on things really hard And I go at everything with that amount of fury I’m not saying I’m going to hit anybody and I’m not mad at you I’m very happy to be here and I’ll answer every question to the best of my ability But I go at everything like ‘you think I can’t?’ ‘Hey you wanna try acting?’ ‘Yeah, I’ll try acting.’ ‘Can you act?’ ‘No. So let’s go.’ I’ve seen Sons Of Anarchy, you can act Thank you Fair is for losers, I’d rather win Why was your dad terrifying? He was racist He would say incredibly awful, unrepeatable things about women When I was like really inappropriately young, he would tell me how to deal with women I cannot repeat what he said. Not even … It’s so awful It’s misogyny on steroids. It’s the King Kong of misogyny

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