What is the net worth of Henry Rollins?
Henry Rollins is a singer and actor with a net worth of $ 6 million. From 1981 to 1986, Henry Rollins was the front man of the hardcore punk band Black Flag. He then recorded a number of spoken word albums and formed the Rollins Band. In addition to music, Rollins has hosted countless radio and television shows, appeared in films, and was heavily involved in activism and political causes in the United States.
Early life and education
Henry Rollins was born Henry Lawrence Garfield on February 13, 1961 in Washington DC. He is the only child of Iris and Paul. When Rollins was three years old, his parents divorced; he was subsequently raised by his mother. Growing up, he suffered from sexual abuse and depression. He attended Bullis School, an all boys’ school in Potomac, Maryland, where he maintained a disciplined work ethic. After graduating, Rollins enrolled at American University, but dropped out after a semester. He then went on to work in a number of minimum wage jobs including kidney specimen courier for the National Institutes of Health.
In the late 1970s, Rollins began getting into punk rock with his friend Ian MacKaye and worked as a roadie for various bands in the DC area. One of the bands, Teen Idles, invited him to fill in for their absent lead singer, Nathan Strejcek. After that, word of Rollins’ skill spread across the punk scene. In 1980 he joined the members of the punk band The Extorts, who had just lost their front man, to form the group State of Alert. Rollins became the band’s singer and front man and wrote several of their songs. State of Alert released its only EP in 1981, entitled “No Policy”.
Rollins first became a fan of the Californian punk band Black Flag after a friend gave him a copy of the EP “Nervous Breakdown”. He then exchanged letters with the band’s bassist Chuck Dukowski and invited Black Flag to stay with his parents as they toured the east coast. Impressed by his singing and looking for a new singer, the group asked Rollins to be their new front man. After joining Black Flag in 1981, Rollins sold his car, quit his job, and moved to Los Angeles. He released six studio albums and two live albums with the band, including “Damaged”, “My War”, “Family Man”, “Loose Nut” and “Who’s Got the 10½?”
With Black Flag, Rollins developed an intense stage personality, with which he strode lurching and growing across the stage. While critics were often impressed, Black Flag itself wasn’t. During a concert, Rollins attacked a member of the audience who attacked his bandmate. Tensions plagued the group when guitarist Dez Cadena left the company and founder Greg Ginn fired Chuck Dukowski. In addition, Black Flag began moving to more heavy metal-inspired music, alienating many fans. At concerts, fans expressed displeasure by scratching, beating, and stabbing Rollins, who often defended themselves by dragging them onto the stage. Black Flag disbanded in 1986 and briefly reunited in 2003, 2013, and 2019.
Rollins’ band and solo career
While still on Black Flag, Rollins toured as a solo spoken word artist and in 1985 released the album “Short Walk on a Long Pier”. In 1987 he released two solo albums: “Hot Animal Machine” and “Big ugly mouth.” During this time Rollins formed the Rollins Band with guitarist Chris Haskett, drummer Sim Cain and bassist Andrew Weiss. The group toured constantly and in 1987 released their debut album “Life Time”. “Hard Volume” followed in 1989. Other albums are “The End of Silence”, “Weight”, “Come in and Burn” and “Nice”.
Rollins has released numerous spoken word albums throughout his career. These include “Sweatbox”, “Human Butt”, “The Boxed Life”, “Eric the Pilot”, “A Rollins in the Wry” and four volumes of “Talk is Cheap”. He has also spoken for audiobooks, including the one on his memoir “Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag” and Max Brooks’ zombie novel “World War Z”.
Television, film and radio
Due to his fame in the Rollins Band, Rollins made frequent appearances on television and film in the 90s and 2000s. His TV appearances include “Alternative Nation”, “MTV Sports”, “Unsolved Mysteries”, “Welcome to Paradox”, “Batman Beyond”, “Jackass” and “The Legend of Korra”. In 2009 he had a recurring role as AJ Weston in the action crime series “Sons of Anarchy”. Rollins has also hosted various programs including “The Henry Rollins Show” and “10 Things You Don’t Know About”. Rollins has since made big screen appearances in such films as “The Chase”, “Johnny Mnemonic”, “Heat”, “Lost Highway”, “The New Guy”, “Bad Boys II” and “Music”. “
In 2004, Rollins began hosting a weekly Los Angeles radio show called “Harmony in My Head”. He later began hosting a weekday show on KCRW in 2009. He also records a semi-regular podcast with Heidi May called “Henry & Heidi”.
Personal life and activism
Rollins hasn’t had a romantic relationship since his 20s. He is voluntarily childless and considers himself a loner who prefers to have few intimate relationships.
Rollins is an avid human rights activist and is an open advocate for LGBTQ rights. He also toured with the USO during the Iraq War and launched a campaign to help veterans integrate better into society after their service. Rollins was also committed to the World Hunger Relief charity and to legalizing cannabis.