October 12, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

Henry Rollins, rock music performer, storyteller, author, actor and poet, will perform at California State University, Bakersfield on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the DorÈ Theater. Rollins performance is being presented by CSUB’s Associated Students, Inc.

Dan Gianoutsos, president of ASI, said Rollins “is taking a day off from movie filming” to appear at CSUB. “He’s an all around guy, writes books, is in movies. He’s very versatile, a man of many hats.”

Tickets, which cost $10 for students with ID, or $15 general admission, are available at the CSUB cashier’s office, World Records or at the DorÈ Theater box office the night of the event.

According to Rollins’ biography, he was born Henry Garfield in Washington D.C., and became involved in the punk scene through a close friend. He became a fan of the band Black Flag and went to see them in New York City. At an impromptu show in a bar, he jumped up on stage to sing the song "Clocked In." The band invited Garfield to practice with the band, and subsequently invited him to become their permanent vocalist. Despite some doubts, he accepted, and adopted his nickname, Rollins, as his last name. His large, muscular figure and intense personality made him a perfect fit as their front man.

Rollins toured and recorded with Black Flag from 1981 until their breakup in 1986. He released a solo album, and then combined with former Gone members to form the Henry Rollins Band, popular in the early ‘90s. Rollins also gained roles in movies and television shows. Rollins is also a successful independent publisher, with his own company, 2.13.61 (his birthday).

Throughout the 1990s, he toured as a spoken-word artist, focusing mostly on social topics, as well as recounting his life experiences. His blend of self-deprecating humor and serious discussion of important social issues has gained him great popularity.

Rollins is a free jazz fan, and is also a co-host of the television program “Full Metal Challenge” on The Learning Channel.

For more information, please call (661) 664-2418.