Archive for November 2007

WedRock Benefit Concert

November 29, 2007

What It Was About:

A Benefit for Freedom to Marry in support of gay marriage efforts in NY, NJ and CT. Held April 28, 2004.

How Henry Helped:

Henry hosted this event.

To Find Out More:

Check out the WedRock Event Listing
Read Margaret Cho’s description of the event
And here’s an DC MetroWeekly article talking about Henry’s role in the event

Henry Miller Memorial Library

November 29, 2007

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What It’s About:

Located in beautiful Big Sur, California, The Henry Miller Memorial Library is dedicated to the life and work of the great American writer, Henry Miller, in addition to cultivating and encouraging writers and artists of all shapes and sizes.   The library houses and preserves Miller’s writings, books and artwork, as well as promoting the Big Sur arts community as a whole.  Performers supporting the library in the past include Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Roger Eno, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Neil Young and Peter Case. 

How Henry Helps:

Henry headlined the benefit show, “A Giant Among the Redwoods,” on May 13, 2006.  He is an outspoken fan of both Henry Miller’s work and work ethic.

To Find Out More:

Visit the Henry Miller Memorial Library Official Site

(Note: the library offers a 25% discount on books in their gift shop if you bring proof you arrived via public transport)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

November 29, 2007

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What It’s About:

(From the website mission statement):  The mission of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is to ensure the enactment of policies that properly provide for our Troops & Veterans, keep our military strong, and guarantee our national security for the purpose of a stronger America. We uniquely empower Iraq & Afghanistan combat veterans to use their credibility and experiences to speak truth to power, shape public opinion, and place a priority on these issues.

How Henry Helps: 

Henry has referenced the site in several interviews.  Interview with founder Paul Rieckhoff and fellow Iraq War veteran Jason Lemieux on The Henry Rollins Show (EPISODE 310 – FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2007).  He also donated signed merchandise for the IAVA’s First Annual Fall Benefit in New York.

To Find Out More:

Visit the Operation Truth / Iraq and Afganistan Veterans of America Official Website

Visit founding author Paul Rieckhoff’s personal website and learn more about his book, “Chasing Ghosts”

The Huffington Post

November 29, 2007

What It’s About:

A highly popular news, politics and opinion blogsite run by Arianna Huffington, who was listed on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2006.

How Henry Is Connected:

Arianna Huffington appeared as a guest on The Henry Rollins Show   (EPISODE 320 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST 2007) and discussed the current state of politics in the United States.

To Find Out More:

Visit The Huffington Post Official Website

Paul Fox Benefit Concert – The Ruts

November 28, 2007

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What It Was About:

If you don’t know about The Ruts, you should.  A pivotal UK punk band, Henry frequently refers to their album The Crack as the “best album ever made” and the band make frequent appearances on his radio show Harmony In My Head

Guitarist Paul Fox of the legendary punk band The Ruts was diagnosed with cancer, and members of the music community rallied to London to perform a one-night only benefit concert to raise funds to help with Paul’s medical bills. 

The show, held on July 16, 2007 featured the remaining members of the band (lead singer Malcolm Owen died in 1980) regrouped with Henry Rollins taking over the lead.  Additional performances by Tom Robinson, The Damned, Misty in Roots, UK Subs, Splodge, John Otway and the Peafish House Band which featured Lee Harris, (The Blockheads), Tony Barber of The Buzzcocks and Rowland Rivron , who backed Edward Tudor-Pole and TV Smith (Wikipedia.com).

Read More:

Henry posted the following news article on October 23:

October 21st, 2007
PAUL FOX OF THE RUTS DIES AGED 56

Legendary guitarist, Paul Fox, died at home in Uxbridge at 3AM this morning.Over the years Paul has performed and recorded with many of the worlds greatest musicians but he will mainly be remembered for his revolutionary punk/dub reggae fusion guitar playing with influential punk band The Ruts.Paul had been in semi retirement for several years but went back out on the road again in 2006 playing the Ruts music with Foxys Ruts which featured his son Lawrence Fox on drums. The band were well received, both in the UK and Europe.Following his diagnosis with cancer at the end of May 2007 a benefit gig was organised featuring many of the musicians that Paul had worked with or alongside over the years. There was no doubt about the high esteem in which Paul was held by his fellow musicians as the line up read like a who’s who of the UK punk scene with performances by The Damned, Misty in Roots, the UK Subs, Tom Robinson, John Otway, Splodge, TV Smith and many more. For the first time in 27 years the surviving members of the Ruts took to the stage together with Henry Rollins standing in for the late Malcolm Owen who died of a drug overdose in 1980.The night was a fitting tribute to one of our much under rated and unsung guitar heros.Paul leaves behind his sons Lawrence and William and his wife, Sharon.
He will be dearly missed.

Current Status:

Paul Fox died on October 21, 2007

To Find Out More:

Read one of Henry’s dispatches about rehearsing with Paul
Check out Paul Fox’s posthumous Myspace Page
And don’t forget The Ruts’ Myspace Page

A Limited edition DVD recording of the event will be available shortly.  Pre-Book Yours Today!

Walter Reed Army Medical Center

November 28, 2007

What It’s About:

(From the Official Website): The Walter Reed Health Care System provides comprehensive health care for more than 150,000 soldiers, other service members, family members and retirees in the National Capital Area. Its hub is Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the clinical center of gravity of American military medicine.

How Henry Helps:

Henry visits Walter Reed several times a year and visits patients, many of whom have sustained massively debilitating injuries during tours of duty. 

To Find Out More:

Visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Official Website

To find information on ways to support soldiers at home and abroad, or to make donations to Walter Reed, visit the support page.

The USO (United Services Organizations)

November 28, 2007

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What It’s About:

(From the official website): The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform. The original intent of Congress — and enduring style of USO delivery — is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military. The USO currently operates more than 130 centers worldwide, including ten mobile canteens located in the continental United States and overseas. Overseas centers are located in Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Korea, Afghanistan, Guam, and Kuwait. Service members and their families visit USO centers more than 5.3 million times each year. The USO is the way the American public supports the troops.

How Henry Helps:

Henry give 4 weeks or more each year to travelling on behalf of the USO.   So far he’s done at least 8 tours, including visits to bases in Kuwait, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan (twice), Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Honduras, Japan, Korea and the United Arab Emirates.   Henry is proof positive that it’s possible to support the troops 110%, while still disagreeing with the political decisions of the current administration. 

To Find Out More:

Visit the USO Official Website
Read an indepth article from The New York Times