That’s probably the last thing I thought I’d say…and then I heard an interview with Henry yesterday on Air America’s Ring of Fire.
Now…I’m a child of the 1970s and a teenager of the 1980s…So I’ve actually been a fan of Rollins for years…Of course, he was in one incarnation of the hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981-1986, and I really got into The Rollins Band (thanks to friend and mentor Shawn Chapman) in college at Memphis State University …I loved Rollins’ all-or-nothing take on punk sensibility…Does anybody else remember the video to Liar off of the mid-1990s Weight album?
Then I lost track of Henry…I didn’t really follow his books, spoken word stuff or even his film show on IFC (although I was aware that it existed)…hey, I was in graduate school…I was busy.
Then yesterday came…Mike Papantonio interviewed Rollins and he gave very smart answers with a post-punk attitude…he was angry, he was righteous….but he was also well reasoned, smart and not prone to the Ann Coulter/Rush Limbaugh/Sam Sedar/Randi Rhodes name-calling silliness (that’s right…I’m calling out both righties and lefties)…he was swinging hard and swinging carefully. He was exactly the kind of person the left needs…I don’t see Henry rolling over as the Democratic leadership has been doing in congress since they took the speakership…
Rollins is a patriot….not the status qou, conforming kind of patriot that politicians and media anchors have been talking about since 9/11…Rolllins is a patriot in the mold of Patrick Henry or Samuel Adams…passionate, smart, eloquent and thinking outside the box while breathing fire at the opposition.
Henry Rollins for President…Oi!