Henry Rollins

Fuck Suicide? No, Henry Rollins, Fuck You

Last week, I wrote here about depression and suicide, apropos of the death of Robin Williams. In the week since, I’ve thought a lot about the media coverage of his death, and how impressive and non-sensationalist most (albeit not all) of it has been. Well, the tone changed yesterday afternoon, when Henry fucking Rollins waded in with a column for the LA Weekly entitled “Fuck Suicide.” In it, Rollins addressed the death of Robin Williams with his usual sledgehammer subtlety — leading with an acknowledgement that “I am sure some will strongly disagree with what I’m about to say,” and wheeling out pretty much every manifestation of the “suicide is weak/selfish/etc” trope one can imagine. … Read More

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10 Musicians You Never Knew Had Their Own TV Shows

The folk at Dangerous Minds specialize in unearthing fascinating obscurities from the depths of the Internet, but they outdid themselves this week by finding a clip from a pilot for a sitcom Kraftwerk made in the early 1970s, circa The Man-Machine. The spectacle of what must surely be the strangest TV show you’ve seen in quite some time got us thinking about other musicians’ curious TV ventures — so here are ten of the most weird and wonderful, from Snoop’s sketch comedies to New Kids on the Block not playing themselves in their own… Read More

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New York, I Love You But You Killed the Art Bar

I moved to New York ten years ago this month because I wanted people to drink with. I liked the idea of living in a city where I would be able to wander down any street and find a decent bar with a few interesting patrons. So within weeks of making New York City my home, the bars I drank in became the map I used to get anywhere from my first apartment deep in Greenpoint. But recently, like some strange omen, many of the bars I frequented a decade ago have closed up shop for good. I hear that ten years here makes you an official New Yorker — but the city sure does have a funny way of ushering me into its ranks. Yet I suppose that is also very apt, considering that becoming a real citizen of the the Big Apple means that I officially have reason to complain about how great our dear city used to be. … Read More

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Musicians Past and Present on the Idea of “Selling Out”

There’s been quite a bit of discussion online about an interview Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy gave to the Chicago Grid earlier this week. Specifically, Tweedy discussed the fact that he licensed four of his songs to Volkswagen for a series of commercials, and the inevitable accusations of “selling out” that followed. Tweedy was unrepentant, arguing that “the idea of selling out is only understandable to people of privilege.” It’s always interesting to read what artists think about the whole idea of selling out, given that it’s something that fans seem the need to discuss ad infinitum. Here are some other perspectives from over the years. … Read More

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Watch Henry Rollins’ Inspiring Message to America’s Youth

Hipsters aside, Henry Rollins — like any good punk — is all about the kids. The former Black Flag frontman addresses the youth of America in a new Big Think video to kick off the school year. Acknowledging the unique economic difficulties today’s young people face, Rollins urges, “If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet, or just a basic degree.” He preaches the value of hard work, as well as maintaining “your moral compass, your decency, your sense of civility, and your sense of community.” It’s a genuinely inspiring speech — colleges should really start considering Rollins as a graduation speaker — despite offering no easy solutions. Watch it below, and if you could use more straight talk, consider seeing Rollins in person on his spoken-word “Capitalism” tour. … Read More

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Your Favorite Musicians’ Unexpected Favorite Records

You may have read recently that Mitt Romney Paul Ryan is the world’s most unlikely Rage Against the Machine fan, and the spectacular WTF-ness of his inexplicable declaration of fondness for left-wing agitrock will endure as one of the stranger moments of the 2012 campaign trail. The whole strange business also got us thinking: well, there are plenty of features around wherein artists have been asked to choose a selection of their favorite albums or songs. Surely there are some wacky choices in there? We got reading, and yep, there are some real winners to be found… so here’s a selection of such choices that we found particularly interesting — either selections we’d never heard of, or selections we just wouldn’t have expected. Who’d have thought that Bradford Cox was the only person in the world to like the second MGMT album, or that Frank Black was into weird faux-Greek music, or that both Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were experts on reggae? Read on for more… … Read More

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A Selection of Famous People’s Yearbook Quotes

Well, it’s that time of year again. Colleges and high schools across the country are about to kick their overachieving students out into the world. Here comes the biggest question for every graduating class, though: What are you going to put in your yearbook bio? After all, if you become insanely successful people are going to look back on that quote from Mark Twain or Oscar Wilde and judge you for it. Check out what some of your favorite movie stars, musicians, and politicians put down in ink for their fellow classmates to remember them by, and maybe you’ll be inspired — or, if you’ve already graduated, jealous. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Henry Rollins for President

What would Henry Rollins do if he were president? Would he fast-track a ban on hipsterdom? Or replace State of the Union addresses with intense conversations with his favorite filmmakers? In fact, it sounds like he would be a much better — and more practical — leader than some of our real presidents. In an interview with Big Think in which he discusses what he’d do, given the keys to the Oval Office, Rollins said, “My first day in office, I would have lost Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I would have re-established Glass-Steagall. I would have demanded that the Bush tax cuts would have sunsetted… I would have gone in reacting to eight years of George W. Bush, two useless wars that make America hemorrhage life and treasure. I would immediately start repairing the perception of America in the world.” Of course, he also believes some government higher-ups would sit him down and disabuse him of the notion that meaningful change is possible. Watch the video after the jump, and see if it doesn’t inspire you to make your very own Rollins/MacKaye ’12 sign. … Read More

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10 Punk-Rock Acts That Just Get Better With Age

Being as we’re avid fans of a) spiced rum and b) good music, the ongoing Sailor Jerry’s Presents series, which included Pierced Arrows’ show in Denver a few days back, is right up our alley. And since that band contains two members of lamented Portland, Oregon, punk rock legends Dead Moon (namely, husband-and-wife duo Fred and Toddy Cole) — and the support act, Don’t, also contained former members of the Wipers and the Rats — we got to thinking about other old-school punk rockers who are still around today, as relevant and rockin’ as ever. There aren’t that many left, to be honest — but then, that only makes the artists we’ve collected here all the more precious. Click through, and then let us know your favorites. … Read More

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