Henry Rollins speaks the truth on modern music

Henry Rollins, who’s over touring the UK next with his spoken word, speaks the truth on most modern music in the clip…

Henry Rollins speaks the truth on modern music
Henry Rollins speaks the truth on modern music

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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  2. Curious, I looked up this guy on Wiki.. It says that he produced some music with Charles Manson in the 80’s.
    Self-promotion is fine.
    Without the ability to self-promote, where would any artist be?
    But the moral absolutes versus moral relativist debate is an old machine that clunks back into life at this one….
    Mr Rollins thought “How can I get the public image that I require…oh..yeah…team up with Manson….that will get me some publicity….” Or did he? Maybe he was genuine in thinking that this was “art” from Manson, and it didn’t really matter about the occult-linked mind control that took the lives of others…
    Whatever his thought,its difficult to respect a man who is going to use a murderer to “up” his public profile….
    One could argue, “OK, but it worked. He’s a high profile person”
    But is that all there is?

    • um, let’s be clear here, Manson was not a murderer. His followers killed. Sloppy information gathering is a bad thing in my world. Not saying Manson was a good guy before I get flamed, but he was not a murderer.

  3. Henry is bang on with his analysis, but you can rough up digital recording. Those that don’t and make their thing pristine as he correctly assesses don’t care.
    For many years, myself and my friends including John R have forged music in the back room, or in a sale room, rehearsal room or taped gigs on cassette or to hard drive, whatever means we had, for one reason only…to catch that moment and circulate the moment, warts and all by whatever means we had. Now there is one massive advantage to this…the Internet. People can readily hear DIY efforts and decide whether they want it, free of charge.
    The new bands today have arrived at a point in time we would have died for 30 years back. My only plea to the kids of today is get animated, get angry and get moving, the future is yours….


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