VISALIA – One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most intense performers is now focusing his intensity through the lens of a camera.
Henry Rollins, 57, is an American rock singer, actor, author, poet, television and radio host. He was the front man for Black Flag and Rollins Band before the spoken word poet turned his attention to television and radio. He now hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW (Santa Monica, California), and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.
During his travels, Rollins has taken photographs of the architecture, society and art of different countries and regions. Those photographs are now the basis of world tour where he shares an intimate evening of his favorite photos from Baghdad to Pyongyang. Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Visalia Fox Theatre.
“For many years, I have documented my travels all over the world with a camera,” Rollins said. “Never easy but always worth it. The photos have stories behind them. I have selected several images, to show and talk about.”
As a keen observer, Henry will be bringing stories from journeys all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica. On one of his travel columns, Rollins noted the sophistication and history between America and Europe, in other words the difference in age and experience of the continent he has visited yearly since 1981.
“In the last century, Europe was shaken to its core by the second World War. A war that was bravely taken on by American forces but that didn’t do a fraction of the damage to American infrastructure. Survivors all over Europe literally had to sweep the rubble of what was their town to the side and start again. I think this impacted the collective psyche of the continent. Even those who weren’t alive for the six years Europe was torn to pieces and the years afterwards, when millions of PTS stricken people had to figure out a way forward, have an imprinted ghost memory of what can be lost, how bad it can get and what’s important. You can see it in everything from the construction of buildings to how people regard each other.”
Tickets range between $30 and $55 and can be purchased online at www.foxvisalia.org or at the box office, located at 300 Main St. in Visalia. There is also a VIP Meet & Greet for $180 and includes a premium seat ticket, a photo with Rollins, post-show meet & greet with Rollins and a commemorative exclusive VIP laminate.