Spoken Word Releases
The first time Rollins appeared as a spoken word artist. Recorded and released in 1984, this album is actually far more Black Flag instrumental than spoken word. It's very raw, consisting of Rollins reading from his journals (in studio and on home equipment) and some taping that Black Flag did live without overdubs after doing the "Live from Radio Tokyo" taping session. Highlights:
|His first solo release. It was initially a cassette only release of 1000 that was put out on vinyl in 1989. It's not made it to CD. My copy was donated to me by
brother Dan Parris a few years ago, but it got warped and is unplayable... DOH! A dubbed copy was later made by the honorable Tom Troccoli... thanks, boss!
This is a collection of recordings from 1985. Clocking in at 70 minutes, this is definitely Rollins at his most raw. It sounds very similar to the material recorded on Family Man in many ways. You can hear Rollins' sense of humor, but the blend isn't in there yet. No track listings on this release.
A decent collection of recordings made
between 1987-1988. Highlights include:
Probably my favorite of the bunch. A very
diverse, double CD set from 1987-1988.
Some stories from being on the road and
from his childhood... 1990.
|Another double set, this from 1989-1990.
A solid group of stuff primarily from
1991. At times better than Sweatbox.
One of the most gut-wrenching and incredible
things I've ever heard in my life. I've listened to this countless times.
It tears me apart every time. A double disc set of Rollins reading from
his book of the same title. Nearly 150 minutes of solid and brutal stories
about Rollins time with the band Black Flag, most of them from the road.
Deep, personal, and vicious. No prisoners taken, no bodies left behind.
You can see the scars. It made me feel as significant as lint... like I'd
done nothing... ever. VERY powerful.
||Hank reciting from his new book Eyescream. Musical accompaniment by jazz greats Charles Gayle and Rashied Ali. Though not quite as entertaining as his on-stage spoken word stough, it's still very heavy. The music is great and works perfectly. I have to thank the mighty
Tim Michael for this one... a great Christmas present from his trip to the UK.
|Ok, I'm slipping. This has been out for a while. Haven't heard this yet, but I'm sure it features some of his best writing from the book (which is also monster-rockin'.)
||Material from his fall 1997 tour of Australia and a 37th birthday show in Chicago, Illinois.
There were also several compilations that were released with Rollins stuff on it. They're relatively hard to find.
Double Disc set on Lydia Lunch's Widowspeak
label. Includes spoken word by Don Bajema, Hubert Selby, Jr., Lunch, and
Rollins. The two main Rollins things on it can be found on Human Butt.
The other two appear in written form in his books. This comp is mainly
worth it for the Selby story "Fat Phil's Day." There's also a
bit by Lunch on it about crime in the city that is tremendous. I wouldn't
buy it just for the Rollins bits, but it is a good compilation.
An excellent compilation from Atlantic records
that is VERY out of print. Contains bits from Rollins, Jello Biafra,
Jim Carroll, Hunter S. Thompson, Timothy Leary, Bob Guccione, Jr. of Spin,
Hunter S. Thompson, and several others. The Rollins bit is about "the
virtues of the band Black Sabbath." It is excellent. I really wish
it would appear somewhere that would be easier to find.
Rollins on a decent night. Very funny stuff. He
covers the L.A. riots, some stories about DC during his childhood (including
some things that went on at the pet store,) depression and solitude, and
the story of how his best friend Joe Cole got murdered. Not an easy story
to tell, nor to listen to if you know where it's leading. Very entertaining
Me Up There Released at the same time as Think Tank, it contains many interesting road stories from the man. And I don't own it yet.
Released at the same time as Think Tank, it contains many interesting road stories from the man. And I don't own it yet.
There is also another video that has been shot and canned for now of a date that Rollins did in London. Due to contract negotiations and problems at his old label Imago, it may never come out. I believe that the record company officially owns the rights to it and Rollins can't do much about it. I've read that he would really like to see it released.