In 1980, Henry Rollins
(born Henry Garfield - February 13, 1961) was a teenager living in Arlington, Virginia, USA, just over the river from Washington, DC. He worked as the shift manager for a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop near Georgetown University, and was a huge fan of a Southern California punk rock band called Black Flag
. One day, Henry and his friend Ian MacKaye
(who later formed the bands Fugazi
and Minor Threat
) drove to New York City to see Black Flag
play at the Peppermint Lounge. They played later at a small club down the street, and Henry jumped on stage and took the mike for a song. A few days later, Henry was called back to New York to audition for the band. Henry spent the next six years riding in vans, sleeping in the back of trucks, getting beaten and mauled on stage, and fronting the baddest, most primal rock and roll band in the history of the world. Since 1986, Henry has enjoyed a more pleasant lifestyle and career as a singer. He is now a published (and often lucid) poet. His band, Rollins Band
, was a highlight of the Woodstock '94 concert. His autobiography, Get In The Van, is available in print and as a self-narrated compact disc. He has written several articles for the American magazine, Details
--Has many tattoos covering his arms, torso, and neck. Mainly consisting of Black Flag tattoos.
--Founder of 2.13.61, a record label and publishing company.
--In December of 1991, his roommate/friend Joe Cole (son of actor Dennis Cole) was murdered during a robbery attempt. The crime remains unsolved.
--October 2002: Host of the construction/competition game show "Full Metal Challenge" on The Learning Channel.