National Public Rollins: Henry Rollins on the Pleasures of Voting, his New Favorite Documentary, and What Happens When You Give Him Your Band's CD-R (Yes, He Might Play It on his Radio Show!)
[The one and only Henry Rollins will be contributing a weekly column and far-reaching reportage to the music section of the LA Weekly. Look for your weekly Henry Rollins fix right here on West Coast Sound every Friday and make sure to tune in to Henry's KCRW radio show every Saturday evening, or online, or as a podcast, or however else you decided to listen to the most eclectic DJ on LA's airwaves.
Maura Lanahan Our eminent columnist, Mr. Henry Rollins!
This installment includes Henry's thoughts on voting (he's in a favor of it), his current favorite documentary, and a singer who gave him his CD-R (which he'll play on his show), plus the awesomely annotated playlist for his KCRW BROADCAST #87 for tomorrow, Saturday 10-30-10. For more details please visit KCRW.com and HenryRollins.com]
I don't know how much you follow current events. For some, there's not enough time to keep up on what's happening, for others, the news is too depressing and peering too deeply fills one with boiling frustration all too quickly.
I am morbidly fascinated the frenetic activity of what's happening pretty much anywhere. I do my best to stay on top of what is going down and the last few weeks have been extremely interesting. From the Juan Williams firing from NPR and his brand spankin' new contract at Fox News to the sudden demonization of NPR by Karl Rove and his ilk.
Personally, I have never felt at risk when listening to NPR and memories of Sesame Street on PBS still make me smile.
I would like to thank Rand Paul for inspiring me to refresh myself on the 1883 Supreme Court takedown of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 and the incredible resistance many Americans had to the passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There's so much to know, so much to understand, un-spin and get one's head around right now, the need for sleep becomes more of an annoyance.
I am no critic. It is not for me to tell you what is good or what to do. That being said, perhaps I may make a suggestion.
If you are looking for a great documentary to check out, I recommend with all confidence, Inside Job, directed by Charles Ferguson. Inside Job, in two hours, takes the viewer, step by step through the global financial meltdown of 2008. It's not an uplifting experience, heartbreaking and infuriating is more like it.
I think everyone should see it, as there's very few people in America who have not been touched by this man-made disaster. It blew my mind and really gave me a chance to understand how it all went down. It's narrated by Matt Damon, a tremendous piece of work.
I don't know if you know but Charles Ferguson is also the man who made another great documentary about the invasion and occupation of Iraq called No End In Sight, which I have seen three times now. Inside Job is playing at the Landmark on Pico. I am going back to see it again soon, perhaps I'll see you there.
Next week, many of you will have the opportunity to vote. I would never, ever tell anyone who to vote for but I would strongly advise that if you can, vote and let your voice be heard. Democracy, amazing social experiment that it is, needs you. It is ours to protect and ours to lose. Perhaps some of you have had the same experience that I have upon dropping the ballot in the box. It evokes in me, an excitement and euphoria that is completely unique.
What I think about any topic is of no real importance but one thing is for sure, there is a radio station, KCRW, (NPR) that has a slot warmed up for me Saturday nights from six until eight pm and it's the best two hours of my week.
This weekend's show is one of my typical Halloween time broadcasts where the tricks and treats rub shoulders. I know that there will be a lot of celebrating this weekend, costumed or otherwise. Please let your particular freak flag fly in a manner where no one gets their heads stepped on and everyone gets home in one piece. Until next week, get up for the downstroke.
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PS: KCRW is going to pull a Halloween gitdown this weekend on the 30th at the Park Plaza. http://www.kcrw.com/events/masquerade-2010. Among other great K jammers, I will be playing music from 1215 to 0115 hrs. at this event. Should be good until I go on.