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Eye Scream

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  737 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Work on Eye Scream started in 1986. I was crossing America constantly and
experiencing the morality shifts, attitudes, and rituals in different parts
of the country - the difference in the way people were in the Bible Belt as
opposed to New York City, the way blacks and whites interfaced, the
intolerance of homosexuality, the morality plays. I started to become aware
of how br
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Paperback, 219 pages
Published February 3rd 1997 by 2.13.61 (first published February 3rd 1996)
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Jennifer
disturbing? yes, and then some. Eye opening? Unfortunately, yes. Did my eyes scream? Yes. and they still hurt. Rollins is AMAZING.
Mike
Some of the poetry and images are disturbing in this one. I found myself reading through a part, then immediately going back and reading it again just to make sure it was really what it said. It does make you take a step back and look at yourself and your perspective on life. Interesting read.
Matthew
In this edition, Hank is extremely crazed and angry from the get-go. This book is like a truck ride down a pothole filled road, where you want it to stop because you feel like you're going to be sick, but yet want it to keep going because you're having so much fun!
Dan
Mar 17, 2009 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Full-on ranting. Close to a primal scream, but for the fact that the speaker is still able to form coherent sentences.
Patrick
More Chicken Soup for the Misanthrope's Soul from Mr. Sunshine himself.
Frank Roberts
I always feel bad writing or talking about Henry Rollins' books. As a long time devotee of Black Flag, Rollins Band and Henry's spoken word efforts it kills me that I can only give Eye Scream 3-stars. Don't even wish to list the ones I would rate less.

But I don't dismiss his writing, and continue to read his new stuff, because the real magic of a Rollins book is't the story: it's the inspirational power. At least for me. You see, I try to be a guy who writes from his gut - not from polished (rea
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Jeff
Feb 02, 2015 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to step into Henry's mind to see what makes him tick!
Recommended to Jeff by: The voices in my head.
1st Read: (October 9 - 21, 1997)

This is my first Henry Rollins book of which I connected to quite unexpectedly. I was well aware of who Henry Rollins is as the vocalist for Black Flag and the Rollins Band, as well as the actor, and the Spoken Word/Poet. I ate this shit up completely!

After I 'd finished this book, somehow I couldn't disagree that I agreed with much of what his viewpoints are in this world. In some regard, we are cut from the same block of stone, having been affected by things
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merryxmas
Fived because I was very surprised at how good his writing truly is. His music sucks so I was thinking jesus this is gonna blow but someone recommended it to me very emphatically. I was enthralled. His show is funny too.
Carla
Dec 14, 2007 Carla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: rollins fans, extensial nerds
so far i am enjoying this greatly...trying not to compare it to "Roomanitarian", the latest release, which is hard. :D
Shay
First book I ever bought by HR - caught my attention immediately.
Gary Scott Gebert
I'm just going to say Henry Rollins is an interesting cat -
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short stories & dreams.
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Henry Rollins is crazy
Grant Kanigan
Probably the most disturbing book I've ever read, this visceral, profane, occasionally profound work will stick in your mind for ages. Exploring themes from pop culture to sexism, abuse to love, Rollins truly comes into his own as a poet. Powerful literature, but be warned: this is depressing and violent stuff that's best read when you're not in a depressed mood.
Derek
This is where Henry really expanded his writing talents.
Michele
So disappointing compared to other books by him. Maybe I just wasn't deep enough to get it.
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Eye Scream by Henry Rollins (1996)
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Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield; often referred to simply as Rollins) is an American singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, author, actor and publisher.

After joining the short-lived Washington, D.C. band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the Californian hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins soon established the record label and
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