Henry Rollins

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Henry Rollins

1 An introspective skinny lad at school who feared he would be humiliated on the sports field, Henry Lawrence Garfield tore into literature with relish. Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck and Dylan Thomas were among his early influences. Maybe surprisingly, he can’t stand some of the Beat writers, with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs previously suffering his wrath in interviews.

2 His own publishing company, 2.13.61, is so named after his birthday.

3 In 2003, he co-hosted a Channel 4 show, Full Metal Challenge, in which teams built their own car to compete in some very loud and semi-dangerous games.

4 His Hollywood debut arrived in 1994 with The Chase which starred Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson. Rollins played a hyper-aggressive police officer and has since been a prison guard (Lost Highway), escaped convict (Morgan’s Ferry) and SWAT team leader (Bad Boys 2).

5 According to Rollins, U2 have ‘by far the worst rhythm section of any popular band.’ (Brian Donaldson)

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sun 3 Feb.

Henry Rollins: Provoked

Punk legend Rollins sets out on a spoken word tour, sharing stories and general banter about his years in rock. Not recommended for under 18s.

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