2012 Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival
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Henry Rollins - Knowledge Through Mileage
In this current election season, Henry Rollins embarks on a new spoken word tour, titled "Capitalism," performing in all 50 states' capitals and wrapping on up the eve of the election in Washington, DC. Amid anecdotes about his recent travels to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Suda, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba, he'll give pointed commentary and observations about the American democratic process - less as a voting guide and more as an outside viewpoint - driven by an unflinching quest for truth that he deems lacking in a profit-driven mass media. Rollins adds, "It's always a great time to be in America, but this will be the highpoint of this year's tour. Shepard Fairey did a great poster for the tour to make it extra noteworthy. I can't wait to start this one."
In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk-rock icon. Spoken word poet.
Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” – but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.”
For better than a quarter century, Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and – without a microphone – as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity bypassing the resorts in favor of places like Siberia and Senegal, or Burma and Bangladesh. When he’s not living out of a backpack, Rollins is constantly at work as an actor, radio DJ, author of more than 20 books, and running his publishing company and record label 2.13.61. Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, is a regular columnist for LA Weekly, and is hosting National Geographic’s new three-part series Animal Underworld With Henry Rollins, following of a pair of Nat Geo television specials in late 2010 and early 2011.