Henry Rollins Quotes
'Duck Dynasty' is a ridiculous show, and long may it wave. America and democracy will endure. They've seen a lot worse.
'Fox News' will one day come to an end. Led Zeppelin will not. It's as simple as that.
'SMiLE' is perhaps the Beach Boys' most legendary album. It was recorded in 1966 and 1967 but only saw a formal release in 2011. That's a long time to wait for what was said to be Brian Wilson's masterpiece.
'The Great Gatsby' is a book I have read a few times, and it seems to get heavier every time I come to visit.
A country that has been through as much as Vietnam has to have some crazy music somewhere.
A lot of Americans don't have a passport, never will have a passport. Not only will they not travel, they don't want to travel.
A text conversation is a short exchange of often grossly truncated language that corresponds to a thought made all the more shallow by the process.
Adolescence is a plague on the senses.
After I left D.C. to join Black Flag, I felt I was in a band.
After I wrapped 'Sons of Anarchy,' I traveled by myself for ten weeks. I started in Jordan and finished in Mali, in Timbuktu.
Airports in major cities, like LAX, are trippy environments. It is at once a national and international gathering of those in transition: The euphoric, emerging from planes, their journey at an end, and the determined, about to depart.
All my big heroes are literary, writers.
America is a country born from semi-mythologized blood, glory and acts of selfless patriotic sacrifice.
America is off-the-hook gay. I will not go all Ann Coulter on you and say, 'Our gays are better than their gays,' but as far as countries go, we are in-your-face gay.
America sold VX nerve gas and anthrax to Iraq for years, even after the Halabja gas attack, which killed thousands of Kurds.
America was cool with Saddam Hussein when he was killing Iranians.
America's foreign policy lacks the backbone to do the right thing in Afghanistan - which is leave.
Americans have been dumbed down to the point where more people watching 'American Idol' than listen to the state of the union address. And that's too bad. I'm not trying to take any bread out of the mouth of Simon Cowell, but if the president is speaking to the people of the United States, and people are going to watch 'American Idol,' that's sad.
Amy Winehouse was not a person I ever met, and I can't say that I am overly conversant in all of her music. I do have her albums, and years ago, when I first heard her sing, I thought she was extraordinary. The tone of her voice, her phrasing, her raw appearance - these qualities were extremely captivating to me.
And I laugh at myself when I screw things up, which happens all the time.
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February 31, 1961
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