Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield) is a musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian. He is a Grammy Award winner for Best Spoken Word Album. Rollins hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, the NPR station on Los Angeles.
In the 1980s, Rollins fronted the hardcore punk band Black Flag. After the band’s breakup, Rollins established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, and he formed the Rollins Band.
Rollins has hosted many radio and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, MTV’s 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had a recurring role on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy and he has 30 film credits. In 2010, Rollins appeared as a guest judge on World of Wonder‘s RuPaul’s Drag Race. Rollins has published 16 books, and has written for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, Huffington Post, and The Advocate.
Rollins has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, World Hunger Relief, and the call for an end to war. In high school, a gay classmate of Rollins’ was bullied by classmates to the point of attempting suicide. Rollins says that this started his anti-homophobia campaign. He frequently speaks out on social justice on his spoken word tours and promotes equality. He was the host of the WedRock benefit concert, which raised money for Marriage Equality. Rollins has been open about being sexually abused as a child.