Spoken word artist and former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins will be in Juneau this weekend as part of a packed two-month tour that will bring him to all 50 state capitals before election day. Juneau is the second stop on his agenda, following Honolulu. The last stop: The 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 5, the eve of election day.
During the tour, called “Capitalism,” Rollins will share viewpoints and commentary on the democratic process with audiences around the country, part of “an unflinching quest for truth that’s sadly lacking in the profit-driven American mass media.”
He’ll also share observations gleaned from his travels to other nations, including North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba.
Rollins made a big name for himself in the early 1980s as the front-man for hardcore punk band Black Flag, and later, the Rollins Band. He has since built a reputation as spoken word artist, writer and radio DJ, as well as an actor. The audio version of his musician memoir, “Get in the Van” was awarded a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 1994.
Current projects include a weekly radio show on NPR affiliate KCRW in LA, a weekly column in LA Weekly (“Henry Rollins: The Column!”), and a role as host of a new National Geographic series, “Animal Underworld With Henry Rollins.” He also runs his own publishing company and record label, 2.13.61.
Rollins is also known as a human rights activist, supporting causes ranging from gay rights to protests against the war in Afghanistan.
His Juneau appearance will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the JACC. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this 21-and-over event. Tickets are $23 and available at Hearthside Books, Marlintini’s and the JACC.