Henry Rollins On The Best Times Of His Life

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 6, 2012

Henry Rollis of Black Flag has started a new weekly column and wrote about the best times of his life. Check out a part of it below by clicking “Read More.”

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 Several nights ago, I was standing in the parking lot behind the Art & Culture Centre in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, talking with people who had stuck around to meet me post-show. As we talked, I looked around and took in the excellent quality of air. If you check Corner Brook on a map, it might seem like a remote location. Being there is quite the example of way off in the great wide open. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and at night most of the stores are closed and you get the feeling that you have a good part of the planet to yourself; the distant lights are merely there to provide ambience.

I heard young people talking amongst themselves: Where should they go next? A late-night restaurant was discussed. After they were done with me, they made their plans, broke off into groups and exited into the huge and beautiful summer darkness as I contemplated my 0415 hrs. lobby call and two long flights back to Los Angeles. One youth told me months go by there without an all-ages show, so mine was a welcome rarity. This is why I hang out post-show and meet anyone who is still lurking around the venue. It’s more than a show; it is our lives out there.

Hearing how hard shows are to come by there made me think. I felt bad for them; I also thought that there is a sweet agony in that kind of exclusion. It forces a young person to innovate, exist as somewhat of an exile and, by doing so, further define themselves — how much better can it get?

When you’re kept out of the adult world, it’s a blessing in disguise. Since aging cannot be helped, the few years spent in adult awareness while being (for the most part) excluded from it is a unique time.

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    "When you’re kept out of the adult world, it’s a blessing in disguise. Since aging cannot be helped, the few years spent...
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    hearing him speak is one of the things i’m looking forward to the most at wacken
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    mr. rollins, you got EVERYTHING right
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    I know a few people who will really enjoy this so there you go people who love Rollin! He is a pretty amazing dude
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