AUSTIN - “People write me letters all the time. I do my best to answer but they think we’re pen pals.”
Henry Rollins has a lot to do, y’all, which sometimes makes him "crotchety."
The former Black Flag and Rollins Band singer continues to tour with his spoken word material. He has a column in the L.A. Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia, plus his KCRW radio show and the Henry & Heidi podcast. He’s dropped by for acting cameos on “The Kroll Show,” "RuPaul's Drag Race" and “Adventure Time,” had recurring roles on “The Legend of Korra” and “Sons of Anarchy” and is still out working for his next acting gig. He’s an activist and author and he’s got a three story building just to house all the records he owns. He mostly listens to them all, too.
He just probably doesn’t have time for that demo you handed him; he’s still working out which pressing of “Raw Power” he loves best.
At SXSW, the punk icon and performer was on the promotional trail for the new horror movie “He Never Died,” in which he stars as… well, a guy who just can’t seem to die. Sitting in the lobby to a downtown Austin hotel, Rollins added punctuation to his sentences with his hands, speaking in long thoughts at rapid tempo, and in third person, dotting his Outdoor Voice with physicality that causes him to shift from one side of the chair to the other just saying the word Twitter.
Below is the abridged version of our interview, on playing a vampire, the indignities of auditions, his relationship to radio and what happened with all that Charles Manson music business.