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The Portable Henry Rollins

The Portable Henry Rollins

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The Portable Henry Rollins

by Rollins, Henry
Essays, poetry and biography, all seasoned with rage

At this point Henry Rollins may be more well-known as a spoken word performer than the punk-rock legend who fronted Black Flag and the Rollins Band. But between those stages of his career, Rollins began writing, first collecting his work in small books he sold out of his backpack and later starting his own small publishing company, through which he published books like the classic Black Coffee Blues. This collection features the best bits from all of Rollins' work, including poetry, fiction and biographical bits that are reminiscent of Bukowski and the Beat poets, but really have a voice all their own.

 
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Henry Rollins is an artist whose legendary, no-holds-barred performances encompasses music, acting, and written and spoken word.  As Details magazine said when it named Rollins the 1994 Man of the Year: "through two decades of rage and discipline, Henry Rollins has transformed himself from an L.A. punk rocker into a universal soldier.  His enemies: slackers and hypocrites.  His mission: to steel your soul and rock your world."Rollins was frontman for the seminal punk band Black Flag, and since 1987 has led the Rollins Band, whose ninth album, Come In and Burn, was just released by DreamWorks.As a spoken-word artist, he regularly performs at colleges and theaters worldwide and has released eight spoken-word audiotapes.  His album Get in the Van won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for 1995.  As an actor, he has appeared in The Chase, Johnny Mnemonic, Heat, and David Lynch's forthcoming film, Lost Highway.  From his days as front man for the band Black Flag and the current Rollins Band to his books and spoken-word audiotapes, Henry Rollins is the music, the attitude, and the voice that takes no prisoners.  In his twelve books, he has led us on a hallucinatory journey through the decades--and his mind--with poems, essays, short stories, diary entries, and rants that exist at "the frayed edges where reality ends and imagination begins" (Publishers Weekly).  For the first time, the best of his legendary, no-holds-barred writings are available.  This collection includes new photos and works from such seminal Rollins books as:High Adventure in the Great OutdoorsArt to Choke HeartsBang!Black Coffee BluesGet in the VanDo I Come Here Often?SolipsistPlus never before released stories and more...



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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Algonquin
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Villard Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780375750007
  • ISBN: 0375750002
  • Publication Year: 1998
  • Edition: 1


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  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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