Henry Rollins

The Exclaim! Questionnaire

BY EXCLAIM EXCLAIMPublished Nov 17, 2016

Who are you?
I am the world. I am woman. (aka Henry Rollins)

What are you up to?
Editing next book, Smile You're Traveling. Band practice. Training for tour

Hometown and current HQ:
Hometown: Washington, DC; current: L.A.

Current fixations:
Watching: Fassbinder, Herzog, Roeg. Listening: Fela, Dizzy Reece, etc. Reading: Homer, Fitzgerald, Wolfe (Thomas, not Tom), Otto Friedrich. Eating: lean

Mind altering work of art:
Dogs playing cards set on velvet.

Most memorable/inspirational gig and why?
January 2000, Baul musicians playing in their master's backyard near Bolpur, India. Everyone of them sang beautifully and played amazing. More skill than most. Totally connected to the music. No hits, singles or videos in mind.
Don't believe the hype:
Perhaps people should stop shutting up and start shouting out more.

Your greatest strength/weakness:
Strength: ability to go long on limited resources. Weakness: heart easily hurt.

Your vital daily ritual:
Food, exercise

Guilty pleasures:
Sleeping late. Being incredibly inert on the couch for the better part of an hour. Watching cable in hotel rooms. Ice cream. Eating road kill.

If I Wasn't Playing Music I Would Be...
I honestly don't know.

Your most memorable day job:
Working at a laboratory facility at NIH.

Best/worst advice received:
Best: The bridge you build you will someday have to cross. Worst: Never trust anyone.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for...
The Southern Poverty Law Center

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Kari Wuhrer

What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed? And have you?
Bed: self immolation. Band: drugs. And no.

When I Think Of Canada I Think
Beautiful women, clean air, friendly people, good shows.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Yes there's a difference, silly. Why? It's not a "why" question.

Strangest Brush With Celebrity:

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
I have no idea.

Rollins Band will support their just-released album Get Some Go Again in Montreal on March 28 at the Spectrum and March 29 in Toronto at the Opera House.

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