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Turned on: A Biography of Henry Rollins

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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.
Paperback, 267 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Phoenix House (first published January 1st 1998)
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Alex Ankarr
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Highly informative. Does what it says on the tin. I suppose Rollins would approve that, right?
Dan  Ray
Oct 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-read
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 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 ...more
Jennifer Quigley
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
I love Henry Rollins kind of a lot, but this read more as hagiography than biography.
Antonis Moras
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
let you know hard is hard .
Steven Spector
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Leigh Roberts
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly researched and informative
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