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Clashed Attitudes interviews Henry Rollins

Posted on 9/25/2012

Henry Rollins will be speaking on Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 PM at the Fitzgerald Theater.  Clashed Attitudes recently conducted an e-mail interview with Henry Rollins, here's what he had to say.

Clashed Attitudes: Who is your top contender for the November 6th election?
Henry Rollins: I think that Mr. Obama will win.
CA: In your opinion, what should our president’s top three priorities be as of November 2012 and into the next four years?
HR: Healthcare, jobs, tax reform.
CA: What advice would you give to people who don't know if they should vote/don't think their vote will really count?
HR: Your vote matters. Democracy truly needs you to weigh in. It almost borders on faith but really, without everyone voting who possibly can, your Democracy is shortchanged and everyone loses.
CA: How has your travel and first-hand experience with countries all across the globe put the US government into perspective, and how has this influenced your opinions about what changes need to be made?
HR: People all over the world are fascinated by America. They are amazed and sometimes scared. America has a very aggressive foreign policy that is taken as a fact after so many decades. I think it needs to change. It will. It will take all these cowards like Cheney and Rumsfeld to die off and things will change.
CA: Can you speak briefly on your experience in North Korea?
HR: It was a very controlled environment. I was not allowed to walk around on my own and everything was scripted and nothing was left to chance. I am sure there are a lot of good people there but you will never get a chance to know much about it because you can’t talk to anyone. It was a strange week but I had a fair idea as to what I was in for.
CA: Are their any particular metro areas/states/countries that you've visited that really galvanize or inspire you because of an area's communal gathering around a particular music style/art form?
HR: Australia consistently has amazing bands. Every time I am there, I pick up a lot of new records.  As far as outside of America, Australia and Finland, who (both) have an amazing underground Folk/Psych/Drone scene.
CA: You are well known as a radio personality at KCRW. What are your thoughts on radio broadcasting and it's importance as a medium? Do you think it is still a relevant media tool for mass communication today?
HR: It’s a powerful and valid medium for sure. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. It’s great to have a radio audience. I try to make a radio show that I would want to listen to. It’s a lot of work but always worth the effort.
CA: Does radio stand a chance in the face of ever-expanding communications technologies?
HR: Absolutely.
CA: As a college radio station, we must ask, what are your thoughts on college radio?
HR: I think it’s a great medium and hopefully allows for young people to explore interesting music and learn some communication skills.
CA: What do you think about the contemporary punk and hardcore scene? How has it changed over the years? Is the passion still there, different? Is the scene more dead or alive than it was when you were first introduced?
HR: It’s not a scene that I am all that knowledgeable of.
CA: What's the last song you listened to?
HR: I listened to an album by the Canadian band Nadja called “Dagdrøm.”

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