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Henry Rollins first found fame as the lead singer of Black Flag and the Rollins Band in the 1980s and '90s.
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He eventually established his own publishing and record entity, 2.13.61, to produce books and an album of his own work, as well as materials created by others.
After the break-up of Black Flag, Rollins continued make dramatically charged music. He enjoyed a greater level of commercial success with the Rollins Band in the 1990s. "Liar," perhaps one of Rollins's best-known songs, was featured on the 1994 album Weight. The video for that song got heavy airplay on MTV.
In addition to recording and performing with his group, Rollins began to branch out into acting, appearing in Johnny Mnemonic (1995) with Keanu Reeves and Heat (1995) with Al Pacino. He also continued to do spoken word performances, which were recorded and released over the years. He won a Grammy Award for best spoken word album in 1994 for his recording of his memoir, Get In the Van.
Rollins added television host to his extensive resumé in 2006 with The Henry Rollins Show. On the program, he interviewed an intriguing mix of guests, from William Shatner to Marilyn Manson to John Waters. While this show ended in 2007, Rollins went on to host a program on a California public radio station.
An in-demand writer, Rollins has contributed to such publications as Vanity Fair and LA Weekly. He continues to tour extensively with his spoken word performances, including an appearance at the Claremont Folk Festival in 2013. Rollins also returns to acting from time to time. In 2009, he had a recurring role on the motorcycle gang drama Sons of Anarchy, and has made guest appearances on such shows as Hawaii Five-O.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Rollins remains active in many creative endeavors with his publishing company and record label, as well as with his work as a writer and performer. As he explained to Billboard, "I don't have a whole lot else to do—don't have a girlfriend, don't have a wife, don't have an addiction to anything. I have a lot of ambition, I have a lot of fury, a lot of rage ... It comes out, hopefully, in cool ways."
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