In 2008, I spoke with Henry Rollins. The man's credentials seem endless; lead singer of Black Flag, Rollins Band, spoken word artist, author, actor, activist, and more.
One thing that always stands out to me about this interview was how strategic in speech Rollins was with me. Very put together, very timed, and never wavering. I wouldn't expect anything less though.
At the time, he was out on the promoting his upcoming IFC specials and taking a break from his tv show. He was on the road doing a spoken word tour and we had a chance to talk when he had some downtime in Athens, GA.
In the interview we discussed his experiences traveling the world, his thoughts on the upcoming Presidential election of 2008, his routine on the road, and more.
I know you’ve been traveling around a lot lately with the tour. One of the stories I saw on the website that I thought was really interesting was your experience in Cape Town, South Africa. Can you expand on everything you experienced?
Henry: It was mind-blowing. I’ve been to Africa seven times and of all the trips there that was the one that really moved me the most. Unless you just sit in the hotel all day, you end up seeing things that are very moving and extremely beautiful, very sad and sometimes scary. Life and death is so in your face there. It’s very real. In South Africa, what was interesting and much different than Egypt or Morocco was the white/black dynamic. There’s a lot of white people, there’s a lot of black people. I wasn’t use to seeing so many white neighborhoods in Africa. The apartheid, which is in the past, is still a topic. You can’t not talk about it. What I saw was a lot of people dealing with the aftermath of it. Trying to get move on past it and get on to what the new chapter is going to be. That was the fascinating thing.