Henry Rollins talking about the death of Joe Cole (x)
The utter seriousness and emotion in his voice that whole time,talking about having to witness the pointless murder of his friend,goddamn.
really did anything to meet girls, too shy, too fucked up. Autumn makes
me think of women
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I remember that one bit in it about that time when Henry had just gotten done playing a show with Black Flag and got off stage and I guess was so… amped? that he started cutting himself with a broken glass bottle and it freaked Ian MacKaye out so much that he started crying. As far as going in depth about why he would self-harm, I can’t remember him going into much lucid detail at that time. By all accounts, touring with Black Flag was essentially like Henry’s own personal Vietnam war experience for a variety of reasons so it’s pretty easy to draw your own conclusions.
Going by his yearbook photos, he was still going by Henry Garfield in high school(I think he graduated in 1979) and was billed as Henry Rollins on the first Black Flag record in 1981 when he was 20 so I assume he changed it at least professionally if not legally somewhere between that time.
As far as why, I know he never had a good relationship with his father and was raised primarily by his mother(although I don’t think he’s ever had that close of a relationship with her either for that matter), so maybe it was a case of distancing himself from them.
Also you could argue that “Garfield” isn’t very punk rock and maybe he wanted to avoid a lifetime of lasagna jokes.
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