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Episode 255: Nerdist Podcast
Henry Rollins
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Nerdist Podcast: Henry Rollins

Musician, writer, spoken word artist, activist and all around AMAZING guy, Henry Rollins is on the show! He sits down with Chris, Jonah, and Nerdtern Kyle Clark to talk about being a workaholic, the music industry, and how Kyle and his family are such big Henry Rollins fans, they affectionately called him “Uncle Henry!”


  1. mutedthud says:

    Fantastic interview. Henry is a true alt icon and awesome human.

  2. Troup says:

    @Chris was there a list of bands named in this. If so I would like to see it.

  3. JA says:

    I just have one question. Henry, will you marry me?

    I’m serious!!!

    Great podcast. I love hearing him speak and his philosophies on life and work.

  4. cj says:

    great episode, but hardwick sounds like a fucking idiot here.

  5. Allie says:

    Wow just wow! Really loved this interview w/ Henry Rollins. I totally see this man in a different light. Thank u Nerdist!!!!

  6. Doug says:

    This podcast was freaking killer. Has the internets compiled a list of all the music they talked about yet so I can go blow rent money? Please have Henry on again. And Jello would be cool.

  7. Jason says:

    Loved the episode! Is it possible to link to some of the books, authors and bands talked about in the episode?

  8. Jim Payne says:

    Just wanted to add my voice to what appears to be a unanimous declaration of love for this episode, and the accompanying respect deserved toward Henry Rollins. I also second the idea for offering Henry his own podcast through Nerdist Industries. I’m not sure when he’d find the time to do it, but if that ever became a reality, I’d subscribe to that in a heartbeat!

  9. steve urwin says:

    Great interview. The Rollins video mentioned at the end is LIVE AND RIPPED IN LONDON recorded at Camden Dingwalls and broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK.

  10. setlasmon says:

    @Kathryn Matt trying to convert Henry to Dave-ism would be classic!

    I can only imagine his thoughts on DMB but his documented musings on Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians probably provide some clues.

    and not to give away his position, but the track is called “Hating Someone’s Guts (Part 1)”

  11. Kari Hynninen says:

    Thanks for this great podcast and hello from Finland. I was attending that festival where Henry and Iggy played. I’ve seen Iggy many times but this was out of ordinary! After the band left stage he danced by himself for five minutes. It was great. Anyways, it’s always great to hear Henry Rollins.

  12. Kathryn says:

    I didn’t know a huge amount about Henry Rollins before this podcast. Absolutely loved this episode. What an inspiring guy. Loved that he was talking so enthusiastically about music before he even realised you were already recording.

    The only thing missing was Matt trying to convert Henry to the ways of the Dave Matthews Band…. Next time, perhaps?

  13. Rick Harrell says:

    This was so inspiring! What a kick ass human being!

  14. Z says:

    soooooooo good!

  15. setlasmon says:

    yes, Jello! yes, Ian! yes, please!

    this is killer.. and as a longtime Rollins fan I never minded him on commercials. I just hope that when he’s done reading the copy in the studio he throws in the oocasional “BUT IM A LIARRRRRRRRRR!”

  16. Pd76 says:

    Yes! One of the best or maybe the best episode you guys have made! Utterly enthralling. Also YES Jello Biafra please!!! :) Keep up the great stuff guys.

  17. Rachel says:

    I have a freebie list with my boyfriend, men I’m allowed to cheat on him with, and Hardwick and Rollins are both on that list. Now finding out they were in the same room together….2 birds 1 stone? Haha, in all seriousness, I’ve learned my work ethic from him.

  18. Carlos says:

    Henry Rollins is an intelligent and thought-provoking man, a philosopher for the Nerdist Century. Please bring him back or offer him his own podcast. Anyone that can make Chris Hardwick sound giddy like a schoolgirl and able to speak only in sentence fragments deserves repeat business.

  19. April says:

    Another up-vote for Jello Biafra as Nerdist guest. And a vote for Ian MacKaye as a guest. He’s inspiring.

    Additionally, I would love to see/hear Kyle Clark do a music discussion podcast. Maybe with Jonah?

  20. Louie says:

    If I had Twitter I would Tweet this to NerdTern Kyle, so here’s hoping he gets this-
    Kyle mentioned he was really getting into the folk punk scene and the Pomona scene in particular. I was wondering what venue was he referring to?
    AND if he has heard of Andrew Jackson Jihad (out of Phoenix), OR Pat the Bunny, a sort of troubadour of the folk punk scene. Currently the frontman of Ramshackle Glory, but also known for past projects- Wingnut Dishwashers Union, Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains.

    And on the rare chance Henry Rollins glance through here, I bet he will like the stoner metal band, Young Hunter (Tucson, AZ).

  21. Patty Marvel says:

    @QuasarSniffer – You’ve blown my mind. May I follow you on Twitter?

  22. Kevin Flores says:

    And here I thought I was a “successful” work-a-holic. Rollins sets the all-time ridiculous high bar for being motivated – a whole new level of “just do it”.

    I’ve known of Rollins since Black Flag punk days, but he’s certainly a new inspiration for getting things done; will now have to seek out more of his modern work.

    Thanks @Nerdist! Great podcast!

  23. Kevin Flores says:

    And here I thought I was a “successful” work-a-holic. Rollins sets the all-time ridiculous high bar for being motivated – a whole new level of “just do it”.

    I’ve known of Rollins since Black Flag punk days, but he’s certainly a new inspiration for getting things done; will know have to seek out more of his modern work.

    Thanks @Nerdist! Great podcast!

  24. Johnathan A says:

    Best moment O the Podcast? When the room landed on “we work so hard so we don’t think about dying.”

    Thinking about death getting you down? Go make something. Rinse. Repeat.

  25. Sofia says:

    my god I was laughing crazy at the iggy pop story

  26. MJ says:

    Since I don’t tweet perhaps someone can pass this info onto Kyle.

    Regarding that spoken word show he was talking about and trying to track down since he saw it on Comedy Central circa 2000. It was a special that CC filmed at Dingwalls in London in May 1999. It’s called Henry Rollins Live and Ripped From London. It was eventually released on DVD as a bonus disc on Henry’s 2008 Provoked spoken word album.

    More details here:

    Buy it straight from Henry here:

  27. Patty Marvel says:

    @QuasarSniffer – Is a Quassar Sniffer like a Cake Sniffer?

    “Cake-sniffing orphans in the Orphan Shack! Cake-sniffing orphans in the Orphan Shack!”

    • QuasarSniffer says:

      @Patty Marvel – Quasars are the orphans of space, in a way, are they not? Lonely beacons of intense light and heat, more than many galaxies, only observable after billions of years due to the vast expanses in both time and space between them and us…. and I like to sniff them. OK, I don’t know how that makes them like orphans (except for the sniffing part), but I do acknowledge your Lemony Snicket reference and say, “well-played.”

      Anyway…. Henry, seriously, one record a day? How do you keep track of that stuff? Do you even listen to it? Still, as a metalhead, I got super-excited when the High on Fire/Sleep discussion occurred. SO fucking good.

  28. QuasarSniffer says:

    I want to meet Henry Rollins even more now just so I can look him in the face, all disappointed-like, and say, “I thought you’d be shorter.” *giggles to self*

    Anyway, amazing podcast all around.

  29. Alex says:

    Wow, thanks so much guys! That was one of the most interesting things I’ve heard in a long time! Love the show but that one was unfuckingbelievable!

  30. wondermega says:

    another vote for Jello Biafra, would be very interesting. I once saw the man speak at the Henry Fonda Theater several years ago. he spoke for SEVEN HOURS. It was unbelievably long, but incredibly captivating.

  31. Tony says:

    Love the spoken word that Kyle brings up toward the end of the show. I think in the same spoken word show, Henry talks about his nude scene in Sling Blade..which i thought was the best story i have ever heard tell in my life

  32. J. says:

    Holy shit, what a completely enthralling episode!

  33. Rudetuesday says:

    Thanks ever-so for having Rollins on. I’ve talked to him a couple of times, just in passing, and consider those moments two of the most conversationally-engaged moments I’ve had in my entire life. If Nerdist listeners listen to at least one of the bands mentioned, coming to that music new, and find something they love, that would be awesome. More music is always a good thing.

  34. skataneric says:

    Best podcast ever. Henry Rollins is a God.

  35. daniel says:

    one of my favorite MAN IS THE BASTARD .. any one into brutal noise check them out also check out NEANDERTHAL, CHARRED REMAINS, P.H.C. pre MITB bands. love this interview

  36. matthew says:

    I never thought wolf eyes and my cat is an alien would get namechecked on nerdist!

  37. Kris says:

    Fan-fracking-tastic podcast! I, like hris do not know much about punk, but I love listening to Henry. He’s so intellegent and tells his stories in a way that kills me every time. Please, have him back soon!

  38. Kris says:

    Wow. What a great podcast. I could have listen to Henry for another two hours. Looking forward to seeing him in October.

  39. Tom says:

    Keep up the fantastic work, Nerdist! And F#(k you @$$holes for scoring YET ANOTHER legendary icon that I would gladly chop off a finger to spend an hour with. Top notch guest, Chris. Henry is one of my favorite people on the planet. Extraordinary brain that man has, as you now know. And he’s not BSing you when he says that anyone can meet him. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen him – music or spoken word – over the years, and after every show he’s been hanging out willing to shake a hand, sign a ticket or shoot the bull. Thank you, Henry, for another great hour+ of intellectually stimulating conversation with cool peeps.

  40. Deej says:

    As he got name checked in this episode, please please please try and get Jello Biafra on the podcast. He would be just as great as Henry was.

  41. DanEdge says:

    Sooo god damn good!

  42. Awesome, awesome interview. Will be seeing him live at the Lincoln here in Raleigh on the 20th of Oct. Can’t wait.