Maybe you have have wondered why i have been delinquent in posting to the blog (?), and you may be justified in your question. So I guess that I owe you an explanation. Here goes.
I am sure that many of you have been in bands, and that your bands have set off for a lengthy tour. While the tour is on the tour is FUCKING ON. However, when you get home the reality sets in that you are no longer on tour, and that you must settle back down from whence you came, and get your life back on track.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, the process of reuniting with my real life took me from couch to couch, and from home to home, until I finally said enough is enough. Now settling back into my life in Philadelphia, maybe I will be able to kick out some more interesting thoughts on the topic of Punk Rock, of its evolution, of how its principals have invaded the popular culture not so much as novelty but as good solutions to persistent problems, and how weird it is for me to hear Punk Rock-ish songs played on the radio. So, yeah, sorry. Lift got out of control there for a minute.
THE HENRY ROLLINS APPRECIATION PROJECT
Those of you that know me, or if you met me in person on tour, know that I am not the biggest Rollins fan in this world. But, and this is a big caveat of mine, his tenure in Black Flag was undeniably the most profound of all four Black Flag front men. While not my favorite voice, the Rollins version of Black Flag still rings to me as EPIC.
Apparently I am outnumbered, and I am happy to be just that. We don't all think alike in this world, and so for those of you that think that I am lame for thinking that Ron Reyes (aka Chavo Pederast) was the best of the Black Flag frontmen, well, here is your opportunity to get your cut in.
A few weeks ago a talented Canadian writer, Ms. Angela Bennett, contacted me about her project, which includes people contributing their stories of what Henry has done for the cultural underground while in Black Flag, and now as a popular culture talent. When I say "people contributing," I mean, YOU. Read the statement below, and if you feel compelled to reach out to her, then, well, I encourage you to do so quickly.
Like Barred For Life, the Rollins Project demands outside input. The story of Rollins, or of Black Flag is not something that a person can just write because acts and individuals like these are way more a personal thing than a public thing, and so this is your opportunity to have your say.
Thanks to Hank
WANTED: Personal stories from the fans, a.k.a, ‘fanatics’, of Henry Rollins. If Henry Rollins has moved you, inspired you to reach higher, helped you in some way, or just makes your life better by way of knowing he is out there, living art and inspiration, and you are willing to share your story in a future publication of Fanatic Stories of Thanks to Hank, please send your story!
The target goal is to complete the project by February of 2011, Henry’s 50th birthday. All potential proceeds will go to the charity of Henry’s choice.
Fanatic and novice writer, Angela Bennett, commented on the project, “Henry has made such a profound contribution to the lives of many thousands, perhaps even millions of people around the world. He is an inspiration to so many people regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic class. This is an opportunity for fanatics to share their stories with, and thank Henry.”
During the first month of this project, fans and media are responding from across the world; from 15 year olds to 50 year olds, from the U.S. to Australia. It’s one thing to be a fan of a band, or an actor, but often it’s about more than that when it comes to Henry. Henry moves people, he is a catalyst in people’s lives. There’s a quote from The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, by Lewis Hyde, that captures Henry well, “…the gift we long for, the gift that, when it comes, speaks commandingly to the soul and irresistibly moves us."
People can contact Angela Bennett with stories, or artwork, at email@example.com, through the Facebook Group, Henry Rollins – Thanks to Hank Project, or http://open.salon.com/blog/