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Before leading the Grammy-nominated Rollins Band and making his mark as the frenetic frontman for the legendary group Black Flag, Henry Rollins was part of the influential hardcore punk scene that began in Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s.
Thirty years later, when describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance man.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins keeps a relentless schedule full of gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist, and TV host to name a few.
In this one-of-a-kind evening, Rollins speaks with Chris Richards, pop music critic for the Washington Post, about growing up in D.C. and his leading role in the movement that inspired trailblazing artists like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and Bikini Kill, among others.
If available, tickets will be sold for $30 at the door.
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