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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!”

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  1. Renee says:

    Swoon. The 12/13 year-old punk girl in me is freaking out. Good interview. Would love to hear more from him.

  2. C J says:

    Always a treat to hear Henry Rollins on the radio, in a podcast, and live on stage. The guy has a wealth of knowledge …

  3. bluelily17 says:

    Hey thanks for introducing me to Henry Rollins. Good episode.

  4. fantas! says:

    Hey Chris –

    Do you vote? If so, will you vote in this election?

  5. Cinders says:

    I have been to 5 of his speaking shows and he routinely talks on stage for about 2.5 hours. They are an endurance challenge because he doesn’t stop talking the whole time! Amazing and interesting guy.

  6. Phil says:

    I’ve always been into punk ever since I first saw REPO MAN, but I never got on board with Black Flag or Rollins Band, but I’ve always loved an interview with Henry Rollins in some obscure PBS special on the history of rock & roll or Punk Attitude. And to hear him on The Nerdist for more than 90 minutes was a trifecta nerdgasm. Sometimes, when a guest comes on like John Lithgow or Willem DaFoe and you say you’re at the end of their hour, I understand why you don’t, but I just wish they could just keep talking. But thanks for this totally epic interview.

  7. niko of finland says:

    There was noise talk on nerdist AND wtf this week. Thats craziness.
    Thumbs up,doodz..

  8. Vincent S says:

    I know little about Henry Rollins and to be honest, kinda intimidated. But awesome to listen to this guy. I really liked his little videos on BigThink. MOST of the music stuff just went over my head, then again not my cuppa. He really does sound like the cool Uncle. Thanks Nerdcast and co.

  9. Luke says:

    Chris, thank you so much for letting this run longer than the usual hour.
    I loved every minute.
    Not to put down previous episodes (because there hasn’t been a stinker so far) but this episode, oh man, I’d pay for quality episodes like this. Can’t believe these podcasts are free for us fans.
    Thank you so much!

  10. Manny Calavera says:

    Mowing the lawn while deep into the previous podcast and put two and two together and immediately thought Rollins would be a fucking AWESOME guest, nooo perhaps these two worlds arent capable of colliding only to hear “we just had Rollins on the next show” …DUDE we are sooo in sync! He’s coming to town in Oct and I cant go…THANKS for this, it will suffice as a welcomed substitute!

  11. Robby says:

    @chris I want to thank you for this particular episode. I started listening to the podcast today and wondered what Henry’s tour looked like if he was on one. Well it turned out he had a show in my hometown tonight. Before I went there I went to a record store in front on the venue and who should be there but Henry Rollins himself. He happens to be a hero of mine so I politely asked for a picture and let him know his work means a lot to me. The. I went to his show and it was revelatory. Thank you Chris for helping one of my dreams come true.

  12. Patty Marvel says:

    Sweet and sour tap-dancing Cthulu on a pogo stick CRACKER!

    I’ve been looking forward to the Henry Rollins podcast for DAYS and the man did NOT disappoint! I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing him live, but I’ve watched every spoken word special and every episode of “The Henry Rollins Show” Netflix has in their library. And I’ve played some Black Flag on my radio show. Mr. Rollins, I’m happy to hear you’re a Dinosaur Jr fan, so please feel free to tweet some requests my way. Actually, that goes for anyone reading this.

    Some other thoughts –

    Have seen the book “Rip it Up and Start Again” mentioned somewhere and remembered it only because it’s an Orange Juice single’s title, but if HR gives it a thumbs up, I’m ordering a copy.

    Good idea having Kyle on as a pinch hitter for Matt. Actually, that’s a good policy to keep not just when a regular Team Nerdist member is MIA, but when you know someone with a ton of knowledge of and fandom for whoever the interview subject is – they’ll know what questions need to be asked and having an uber-fan in the room might make the interviewee feel pretty darned good. Sorta how Mike Phirman should tag along should you ever interview Tom Lehrer (HINT! HINT!).

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a few books to order from the library per this podcast…

  13. Coyote Wiley says:

    Thank you for having thee aging, alternative icon, Chris!

  14. Patrick LeJeune says:

    @Bryan – was it Sleep
    I was also at FYF a few years ago and saw that Sleep show that Kyle said his filling hurt from, and I will second that it was fucking awesome

  15. Bryan says:

    What was the band the guys were talking about at the end of the podcast with the 67 minutes song? Great episode guys!!!

  16. Patrick LeJeune says:

    I was at FYF, and while I was enjoying Dinosaur Jrs. set I saw Henry in his spot banging his head and rocking out, and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

  17. three toes of fury says:

    The comment thread above is one of the things i LOVE about nerdist. Even with a heated exchange, folks are talking back and forth and kinda/sorta workin it out rather than just escalating the anger and shit throwing. We nerdist fans are a classy bunch o [email protected]!

    Peace n Desperately trying to be a skateboard punk in the 80’s but coming to terms with the fact that its a nerdist life for me….and thats a good thing.

    3ToF in the mosh pit.

  18. Tony says:

    I was lucky enough to be in the audience at the cuckoos nest when Henry debuted for Black Flag. I’m 52 now and still enjoy hearing him.

  19. John G. says:

    This was just great.

  20. Drisitme says:

    It you don’t get Rollins you are either too young or just stupid

  21. Chris Hardwick says:

    Scott S: Smoother switching. Btw, eps are not going to be 1:40 from now on. I just let this one go a little longer.

  22. Troup says:

    More bands for my enjoyment!
    Thanks Chris, Henry, Jonah, Kyle

  23. Scott S says:

    I didn’t find this episode that interesting, but you never know who’s going to be next, and there’s no reason to believe I won’t like them (there wasn’t any reason to believe I wouldn’t like this one, going in, but it was just one of those that didn’t appeal to me.) Does Henry only visit places that most other people try to stay away from, or does he only mention those places?

    Does the longer show length mean there was a new recording device, or that the CD was switched out smoother?

  24. JetpackBlues says:

    @Chris: I get your point. Your comment was sweet, succulent troll bait and it really rubbed me the wrong way. But did it really need to be said here? Is Manson still relevant in your world?

    @Quemmento: Only person reactionary here was me. 🙁

  25. @Chris Johnston
    I see where you’re coming from Chris, but to assume that a guy is a piece of shit and supports everything that Charles Manson stands for because he sent a few letters back and forth and produced an album for him seems like jumping the gun a little bit, don’t you think? I mean, you seem like a smart guy. You can’t think of any other reason Rollins would do something like that? Why be so quick to turn your nose up at a guy when you don’t have all the facts? Even if you don’t agree with that outlook, shitting on Nerdist because they had on one guest that you didn’t like also seems a bit reactionary to me.

    And this isn’t the first time I’ve said this today, but in my experience fucking yourself can be a fun and healthy way to pass the time, so don’t be so quick to turn your nose up that either. 😉

  26. lookleftandsmile says:

    this whole thing was amazing – a pure music NERD TREAT…. especially at the end. the fake jello biafra impersonations at the end had me in TEARS laughing.

  27. @jetpack

    I dont know what your getting at, and why you keep saying shitty things to me. telling me to go fuck myself and I’m a jagoff and what not. sorry I dont like people who befriend cult leaders who have people murder other people. I guess I’m the ass hole for that one right?

  28. Grumpy Humbug says:

    Henry Rollins is the real-life Most Interesting Man In The World. The only reason they hired that other guy is Henry won’t do alcohol ads.

  29. Garrick says:

    Thanks Chris
    Thanks Jonah
    Thanks Kyle
    Thanks Henry
    Awesome awesome awesome. Loved the stories. loved the talk. Chris I will see you in Toronto in a couple of weeks. I will see Henry in November.

  30. JetpackBlues says:

    I know what the facts are, jagoff. I’m not ignorant.

    He wouldn’t fight you physically, that’s not what I was getting at. But I think you’d be at a severe disadvantage debating the topic and your opinion, if you took him to task.

    The point is, coming in here to take a steaming dump on Rollins, the interview, Chris/Nerdist is your right, but not easily welcomed or tolerated.

  31. @jetpackblues

    Fact: he did it, so what if it wasn’t released
    Fact: he was pen pals with the guy for a while
    Fact: I would because I cant stand that guy. whats he going to do fight me for pointing out the truth?
    Opinion: I can go fuck myself because I dont like a guy who was friends with the leader of a cult that killed someone? you go fuck yourself.

  32. Admiral Kent says:

    Bleeech! Never cared for Dead Kennedys. Jello Biafra is punk rock’s answer to French Stewart.

  33. michell says:

    Great interview! and Kyle has a great speaking voice!

  34. JetpackBlues says:

    @Chris Johnston: a) I dare you to say that to his face b) Rollins/SST called off the project after getting death threats. Five copies exist and Hank has 2 of those pressings.

    c) Go fuck yourself.

  35. Jackalackin says:

    My favorite episode of the podcast so far. Henry Rollins interviews should be annotated with a list of bands & books he mentions, because his enthusiasm is infectious & makes me want to check it all out (already ordered the Simon Reynolds book – UK version).

  36. this guy is a POS. he produced a Charles Manson album. through all his speaking out against racist and bad republicans he has the nerve to say that after being pen pals with Charles? this guy sucks and I lost a little respect for the nerdist.

  37. Bender says:

    Anyone else see him as A.J. Weston on “Sons of Anarchy”? He was great on it. Seems like a cool guy!

  38. James says:

    Wow, that was an amazing podcast and I learned so much about Henry Rollins that I never knew. He seems like such an amazing and interesting human being and I will definitely need to go to his show the next time he is in Dallas.

    Also, I have to say that I have never heard of noise rock, but after the podcast I looked up Lightning Bolt and I have to say, HOLY S**T! This is so unbelievably amazing. The first song I heard was 20 and I just sat there for 20 minutes not able to do anything else. I just zoned out and listened to every nuance of the song. I must listen to more!

  39. MoreYodaLessChoda says:

    “Black Flag Bubble Machine” is going to be the name of my All Anglo J-Pop/Punk Band. Basically all we will do is Green Day covers while dressed as Sailor Moon. I can’t wait to hear this one.

  40. Admiral Kent says:

    “Matt Mira had to work…” Translation: Matt Mira was scared of Rollins. Heh.

  41. Admiral Kent says:

    Back in ’86, Ann Arbor Michigan, Rollins coated 16 year old me with a thick arc of long-haired head sweat during one of Black Flag’s last shows…I like to think I became a man that day. That and he got annoyed when the venue turned on the stage-side bubble machine during the show.

  42. JetpackBlues says:

    Been waiting all day for this to pop up just to say THIS EPISODE WAS AWESOME!

    Always dig listening to ‘Hank’. Glad he plugged the KCRW show. The music he plays gives you a peek into how varied his taste are. Also glad he mentioned the Rollins Archive ( I was going to bring it up here, but kinda thought twice about it in case it painted an unwanted target on the site.

    Hope to see him live on 11/4 for the penultimate Capitalism show. Wish I could be @ 9:30 for the Election Eve show too.

    The Iggy Pop story was hilarious and the last 15 minutes took me back.

    “When you see the one that sees thru you,
    When you see the one that laughs at you – It’s me!”

  43. Chris Hardwick says:

    @Jake: eh…I dunno…”Uncle Henry” sounds like the cool uncle but for some reason “Uncle Chris” sounds molesty.

    I appreciate the sentiment though!

  44. Jake says:

    Does that mean I can start calling you Uncle Chris?

  45. Jake says:

    Wait wait I just remembered where I saw him, Johnny Mnemonic!!!
    He’s Spider! Awesome

  46. Doug says:

    Ahhhh! YES! So very excited! Just saw him kill it in Hawaii. I don’t have a hour and forty minutes before school starts. I have to wait until my students leave! That is too long. Maybe 4th graders can handle this….

  47. Tiffany Scott says:

    I love hearing Henry Rollins, Jonah and Kyle geeking out with each other.
    When I saw Henry Rollins was up I was so excited. Thanks so much for this treat.

  48. hmmm almost 2hrs long….fascinating

  49. John H says:

    I loved every second of this podcast! I’ve loved and have looked up to Henry Rollins ever since my friend introduced me to his works, and it was like Christmas morning seeing this pop up on the iTunes download. Thank you Chris for setting this up!

  50. Robby says:

    This is so explosively awesome that the world may never recover.