This is a Happy Birthday shout out to Henry Rollins, former lead singer for Black Flag, spoken word performer, actor and singer for Rollins Band. Pretty much one of my life long heroes. I have seen him in concert about seven times and seen him perform his spoken word at least five times. His work ethic and discipline set him apart as an individual who gets where he needs to go, no matter what. He also has a show on IFC, The Henry Rollins Show, which features artists from many different fields sitting down and talking about their work with Henry. Two of my favorite interviews from the past season were with William Shatner and Joan Jett. He also has muscial guests, not the least of which are Iggy and The Stooges, Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom) and Ryan Adams and the Cardinals.
Henry also regularly flies to military posts all over the world to perform for the troops. He vehemently hates the Iraq War and especially hated W, but loves the soldiers and supports them wherever and whenever he can. You can read further dispatches from Henry and his travels at henryrollins.com
Oh, and my late cat Hank was named after him (Henry Hoodoo Rollins II).