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Born: 1961-02-13
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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What I don't want to do is go out there and not be able to mean it, you know?

Tags: Able, Mean

And I laugh at myself when I screw things up, which happens all the time.

Tags: Happens, Laugh, Time

I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy.

Tags: Easy, Give, Good

Some music really does suck!

Tags: Music, Suck

When people hold you in high esteem, it's very delicate relationship. When they meet you they're putting all their chips up. It's make or break.

Tags: Break, High, Meet

But I have a good life. I enjoy what I do. I am married to work.

Tags: Good, Life, Work

I have always thought that change you can see and feel is best.

Tags: Best, Change, Thought

Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time.

Tags: Love, Romantic, Time

I'm very boring.

Tags: Boring

I never thought about getting any tattoos removed.

Tags: Getting, Tattoos, Thought

Most of the people who call me a sellout were 7 when I was down face-first in the punk trenches.

Tags: Call, Punk, Trenches

There's a lot of mountain climbers trapped inside of bodies of people behind the counter at Kinko's.

Tags: Behind, Inside, Mountain

I take the work seriously, just not myself in it.

Tags: Seriously, Work

I want to change things for the better, just like everybody else.

Tags: Change, Else, Everybody

In the summer of '84, you just couldn't escape the Born in the USA record.

Tags: Born, Escape, Summer

There's no such thing as an ex-junkie.

Tags: Chance, Makes, Tolerance

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost.

Tags: Ghost, Summer, Welcome

I can only write about personal stuff, about my point of view.

Tags: Personal, Point, Write

I don't want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride.

Tags: Life, Pass, Ride

I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.

Tags: Alone, Left

I was a very repressed young person. I wasn't good at school. I didn't fit in.

Tags: Good, School, Young

Collecting records is, for many, beyond a hobby.

Tags: Beyond, Hobby, Records

I know I was a generic dysfunctional child, but I think a lot of people are.

Tags: Child, Generic

I mean Black Flag happened. I was lucky. I don't think I could have put together something with one percent of that oomph on my own.

Tags: Black, Mean, Together

I'd like to talk to Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'cause I live in California and I just want to see that canned, chemical filled body in my office.

Tags: Body, Office, Talk

I'm mellower now, I'm over 50. But I don't think I'm too mellow. I'm still angry at a lot of things.

Tags: Angry, Mellow
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The scarcity of the music not only makes the music itself enjoyable but it also gives the collector a strange sense of superiority.

Tags: Music, Sense, Strange

The world's a better place since I chose music.

Tags: Music, Place, Since

After I left D.C. to join Black Flag, I felt I was in a band.

Tags: After, Black, Left

And I love the hate mail I get, the unsigned, misspelled letters I get telling me to go back to Russia or wherever.

Tags: Hate, Love, Telling

August, the summer's last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.

Tags: Actor, Last, Summer

Every summer, around late July and into August, I find myself in Europe, performing at any festival that will have me.

Tags: Europe, Late, Summer

Giving a good performance, giving it all is what it's all about. I love to perform.

Tags: Giving, Good, Love

I can deal with people who watch me on stage but I am not good in communicating with people any other way than through my work.

Tags: Deal, Good, Work

I can't remember that I ever had just a minute of stage fright.

Tags: Minute, Remember, Stage

I don't want to fail the audience. I don't want to let them down.

Tags: Audience, Fail

I forged myself out of a vacuum. I crawl along the highway on hacked off stumps year after year. Some wonder how and why. I never do.

Tags: After, Off, Why

I guess, topic to topic, you could consider me a left-leaning person.

Tags: Consider, Guess, Topic

I have not the smarts or patience for political office.

Tags: Office, Patience, Political

I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.

Tags: Bars, Bunch, Travel

I love to go on stage and sing.

Tags: Love, Sing, Stage

I think politicians get hamstrung by the nature of politics when the private sector can really do great things.

Tags: Great, Nature, Politics

I want to learn more about the world. It makes me want to get up and go.

Tags: Learn, Makes

I'm most comfortable on stage.

Tags: Stage

I'm not artistic nor am I all that creative.

Tags: Artistic, Creative, Nor

If I had to perform in a comedy club I would bomb; I would be trying too hard.

Tags: Comedy, Hard, Trying

It is just that I don't want a wife and I don't want kids.

Tags: Kids, Wife

Most Americans are very cool people.

Tags: Cool

Most poets are elitist dregs more concerned with proving their skill with a dictionary than communicating ideas with impact.

Tags: Concerned, Ideas, Impact

Now, if someone wants to spit on me, I just roll up the window of my BMW 540i.

Tags: Someone, Wants, Window

So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it seriously when I'm on the set, but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.

Tags: Another, Few, Movies

There is no way you are going to be forgiven for blowing up a village and killing a bunch of people.

Tags: Blowing, Forgiven, Village

There's no rule that you have to like Henry Rollins the musician or the actor.

Tags: Actor, Musician, Rule

To this day, my haircut is the number two clippers, which I apply to myself every month.

Tags: Haircut, Month, Number

War is very sad and small life is pathetically fragile at times.

Tags: Life, Sad, War

When the movie comes out, what anybody thinks of it doesn't really matter to me. I don't go to the wrap party. I don't go to the premiere.

Tags: Anybody, Matter, Movie

You don't have to twist my arm to work.

Tags: Arm, Twist, Work

So I'm more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane, than I am necessarily on a bed. It's weird being here. It feels like I'm standing next to my real life.

Tags: Home, Life, Real

I don't mean to be arrogant and I really appreciate my fans but talking about what I am doing is not something I'm good at. I do what I do and that's it. I want to get back to my work and do more of it instead of talking about it.

Tags: Good, Mean, Work

I'm 36 and if I met a woman of my own age and married her, I'd also be marrying her former life, her past. It might be OK for some people - I don't want to judge it or anything - but it's not for me. It would destroy my creativity.

Tags: Age, Judge, Life

This is my 25th year of being on stage. A lot of people who I kind of toed up to the starting line with are no longer in this position. I feel very, very lucky.

Tags: Line, Lucky, Year

I don't mind The Boss. I think he's an honest guy. I have some of his records, not all of them. I've met a couple of the E-Street guys, and they seem really cool.

Tags: Cool, Honest, Mind

I just get things done instead of talking about getting them done. I don't go out and party. I don't smoke, drink or do drugs and I'm not married, that leaves a lot of time for my work.

Tags: Done, Time, Work

I mean I appreciate fan mail and that the people like what I am doing but I can't answer it. If I would answer 25 letters a day I would be just a guy answering mail and not an artist anymore.

Tags: Artist, Guy, Mean

Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.

Tags: Against, Great, Morning

I get angry about stuff, I get very emotionally intense about stuff and that's how I get it out - with books, with the band, on my own onstage, but it's always kind of a wail.

Tags: Angry, Books, Stuff

I have never experienced anything like walking out onto the stage of an oversold venue and, before the first note is struck, realizing that there is not going to be enough oxygen for all of us.

Tags: Enough, Stage, Walking

I'm most in my element on tour, with a gig that day, like today. I'm on the road where I am supposed to be. I will be where I'm supposed to be at nighttime, on stage, in front of people, doing my thing.

Tags: Road, Stage, Today

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.

Tags: Inspirational, Parents, Yourself

It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

Tags: Knew, Sad, Someone

Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.

Tags: Hate, Love, Work

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own.

Tags: Alone, Boring, Lonely

Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.

Tags: Beauty, Life, Loneliness

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

Tags: Move, Realize, Strength

I don't believe in fate or destiny. I believe in various degrees of hatred, paranoia, and abandonment. However much of that gets heaped upon you doesn't matter - it's only a matter of how much you can take and what it does to you.

Tags: Destiny, Hatred, Matter

To hate is to show you still care, who needs that, focus on what's really important.

Tags: Care, Focus, Hate

You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.

Tags: Bit, Great, Insanity

Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it.

Tags: Break, Heart, Life

I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.

Tags: Feeling, Pain, Personal

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

Tags: Heavy, Loud, Optimism

I've made some great mistakes in my life, but, you know, they were honest mistakes.

Tags: Great, Life, Mistakes

Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.

Tags: Art, Feelings, Yourself

Maybe I'm ego-tripping, but I don't find myself a particularly horrible person, so I don't think I need to hold back anything I think or feel.

Tags: Hold, Horrible, Maybe

Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.

Tags: Good, Real, Truth

When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.

Tags: Doubt, Real, Yourself

Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.

Tags: Defeated, Hope, Last

Why do you think the old stories tell of men who set out on great journeys to impress the gods? Because trying to impress people just isn't worth the time and effort.

Tags: Great, Men, Time

As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.

Tags: Tell, Touch, Truth

Nothing brings people together more, then mutual hatred.

Tags: Hatred, Mutual, Together

Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.

Tags: Body, Keep, Mind

The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.

Tags: Love, Money, Yourself

I am an optimist because I want to change things for the better and I know that blood has to be spilled and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.

Tags: Blood, Change, Necessary

The only difference between me and others is that they think they can change something with cute little poems, nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.

Tags: Change, Nice, Others
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