What to make of Henry Rollins? Certainly Rollins' melding of geek and jock culture has made him one of the most durable celebrities produced by the hardcore era. But 'ole Hank can be pretty hard to nail down and as a result, sometimes I have difficulty hitting on the exact nature of his contribution to modern culture. Certainly, his writing, his public speaking and of course his front-manship (singing never seems to be the exact word for what the man does) have been deeply influential, if easily caricatured.
Now while my esteem for Rollins can wax and wane, when he's championing the music he loves, he always strikes me as utterly genuine. In the epic monologue below, Rollins not only praises the majesty of The Ruts he also give a blow-by-blow account of how he helped a version of the band play before the cruel passing of guitarist Paul Fox.
Part two here, part three here, part four here.
So here, MRML readers is an audio recording of the show (deluxe DVD available here), in which all concerned throw their fire right into.
R.I.P. Malcolm Owen
R.I.P. Paul Fox
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