Breaking on the scene as the frontman of seminal hardcore punk outfit Black Flag in the mid-’80s, Henry Rollins has since become something of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to information dissemination. Songwriter, talk-show host, writer, spoken word artist — you name it, he’s done it.
I’ve been touring on my own doing talking shows since 1983. It’s just one of the things I do. There was no special circumstance. That being said, I didn’t want to be off the road during the election run up — interesting times.
I don’t know what to tell you. I am not good at speculation. I have been very lucky and gone a great way since those days. I have no idea as to what I would have done had I stayed in Washington. Perhaps gotten a job at my friend’s record store? Honestly, I don’t know.
I think things are better and worse in 2008. I don’t think one can make a broad-stroke comparison. Reagan started a very dangerous ball rolling that many of us are paying a high price for. On the other hand, there’s better technology, science has made some great leaps. I’d rather be alive now, years beyond the Strategic Defense Initiative and all that Contra madness. I do think though that American politics has sunk to this-name calling sandbox idiocy that has to stop.
No matter who wins, I have a lot of work to do, a lot of plans. I also think that it will be an interesting show, it being post-election. I don’t exactly know how it will go, there will be some new things to talk about, that’s for certain.
Yes. That no matter who they vote for, they did the right thing by getting in that line and letting their voices be heard.