Up With Rollins

Henry Rollins isn't for everyone. No, the former Black Flag frontman isn't for the faint of heart, but neither is he for many of the cynical and jaded. A large contingent of those who may seem like they would be fans of Rollins--who may have been fans of his in the past--look at him with distaste and disdain. He is seen as a parody of himself, as a tough guy who ruined a great band, as an old punk who turned into a laughable superhero. I get all those criticisms, but, after all is said and done, Henry Rollins, while not for everyone, is still for me. Yes, I carried his books around like bibles in the '80s, and I fell in love with his version of Black Flag, and I went to his spoken-word gigs and fawned in the front row, but I also became disillusioned with him in later years. Yet, I've come around on Hank. Sure, he is flawed, but a flawed hero is the best kind of hero, because they are real. Henry talks big when he stomps through town on his spoken-word tour on Wednesday at the Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway. Call 214-821-7469 or visit lakewoodtheater.com for information.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2010
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Katey Margolis