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A vivid portrait of Henry Rollins - singer, writer, publisher and poet. Parker has talked tomany of those closely invloved in the scene and has uncovered many previously undisclosed - and often outrageous facts about Rollins' life. A vivid portrait of Henry Rollins - singer, writer, publisher and poet. Parker has talked tomany of those closely invloved in the scene and has uncovered many previously undisclosed - and often outrageous facts about Rollins' life.


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A vivid portrait of Henry Rollins - singer, writer, publisher and poet. Parker has talked tomany of those closely invloved in the scene and has uncovered many previously undisclosed - and often outrageous facts about Rollins' life. A vivid portrait of Henry Rollins - singer, writer, publisher and poet. Parker has talked tomany of those closely invloved in the scene and has uncovered many previously undisclosed - and often outrageous facts about Rollins' life.

30 review for Turned on: A Biography of Henry Rollins

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex Ankarr

    Highly informative. Does what it says on the tin. I suppose Rollins would approve that, right?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan Ray

    I never do this, but I actually threw this book in the garbage unfinished. This was clearly written by a fan, not a writer and it was written against Henry Rollins express wishes. Hint - if you're writing an unauthorised biography, and the subject warns their staff not to talk to you specifically by name, you're barking up the wrong tree. I'm a fan of Henry Rollins, but this book is unreadable. I never do this, but I actually threw this book in the garbage unfinished. This was clearly written by a fan, not a writer and it was written against Henry Rollins express wishes. Hint - if you're writing an unauthorised biography, and the subject warns their staff not to talk to you specifically by name, you're barking up the wrong tree. I'm a fan of Henry Rollins, but this book is unreadable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    I didn't know much about Henry Rollins, the post-punk early 80s, Black Flag or any of those things, which made this read really engrossing. An impressive amount of research and interview went into the book, creating a pretty convincing picture about the man and the world he came from. The author is sympathetic to Rollins, though tries to keep things reasonably objective. As a biography about a musician, this was an interesting read, covering post Rollins and the post-punk/hardcore era in the US I didn't know much about Henry Rollins, the post-punk early 80s, Black Flag or any of those things, which made this read really engrossing. An impressive amount of research and interview went into the book, creating a pretty convincing picture about the man and the world he came from. The author is sympathetic to Rollins, though tries to keep things reasonably objective. As a biography about a musician, this was an interesting read, covering post Rollins and the post-punk/hardcore era in the US circa late 70s to mid 80s. My only major complaint is that the author tends to take a lot of poetic license and indulges in extravagant writing. This does a good job countering the blasting hard edges of the music in question (it's worth digging up the albums mentioned in the book, if only for context), but can also go a bit over the top. Still, fun and interesting read. Good biography.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I think Parker has some of the smartest takes on Henry Rollins, Black Flag, and the Brothers Ginn. Completists complain that the latter half of Rollins's career doesn't get anywhere near the attention as his early years Black Flag, I think that fine. The Rollins Band is not Black Flag full stop. That said I'd love for someone to take on his Rollins's books and his publishing empire. A stirring portrait of an unlikely artist. I think Parker has some of the smartest takes on Henry Rollins, Black Flag, and the Brothers Ginn. Completists complain that the latter half of Rollins's career doesn't get anywhere near the attention as his early years Black Flag, I think that fine. The Rollins Band is not Black Flag full stop. That said I'd love for someone to take on his Rollins's books and his publishing empire. A stirring portrait of an unlikely artist.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tavia

    Biography of a relentless, thought-provoking, blunt-instrument artist; also provides some harrowing insights into punk-band touring.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    I didn't expect much from this book, but ended up being pleasantly surprised; it was a much better read than I had anticipated. That being said, this is certainly not a definitive biography of Henry Rollins. I suspect we may have to wait a while for that, and it may well be that Rollins will opt to write an autobiography or memoir rather than allow anyone else to write any sort of "authorised" biography of him during his lifetime. This book is probably just about as good as it's going to get, a I didn't expect much from this book, but ended up being pleasantly surprised; it was a much better read than I had anticipated. That being said, this is certainly not a definitive biography of Henry Rollins. I suspect we may have to wait a while for that, and it may well be that Rollins will opt to write an autobiography or memoir rather than allow anyone else to write any sort of "authorised" biography of him during his lifetime. This book is probably just about as good as it's going to get, at least for a while. If you are a big fan of the man's work, and/or simply curious about him, it's worth reading; nowhere near worth the $17.95 cover price (especially since it's a paperback), however, and frankly not really even worth the $8.50 I paid for a used copy. If I had to do it again, I'd try the library first...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Quigley

    Really enjoyed it, learned so many things I didn't know about him. Excellent in depth behind the scenes peak at an interesting slightly enigmatic character. Really enjoyed it, learned so many things I didn't know about him. Excellent in depth behind the scenes peak at an interesting slightly enigmatic character.

  8. 4 out of 5

    catechism

    I love Henry Rollins kind of a lot, but this read more as hagiography than biography.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Antonis Moras

    A concise story, full of contrasting standpoints, maybe a little bit overdramatic in some points but why not. Now i should read "Get in the van" and that's all. A concise story, full of contrasting standpoints, maybe a little bit overdramatic in some points but why not. Now i should read "Get in the van" and that's all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    let you know hard is hard .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steven Spector

    An engrossing read featuring the LA punk scene, a band called Black Flag, and a very complicated and at times tortured individual square at the center of it all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Roberts

    Thoroughly researched and informative

  13. 4 out of 5

    sandy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debi

  15. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert Brager

  18. 5 out of 5

    Al Lachner

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scot

  22. 5 out of 5

    Henning Jansen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason Feinberg

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gina Carey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Will

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Harless

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonah

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