Henry Rollins, the stage name for Henry Lawrence Garfield, was born February 13, 1961. He is an American singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, raconteur, writer, actor, publisher, radio DJ, and activist.
After joining the short-lived Washington D.C.-based band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. After the band’s breakup, Rollins established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums. He also formed the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups. They are best-known for the songs “Low Self Opinion” and “Liar,” both which earned heavy airplay on MTV in the early 1990s. In 2000, Rollins Band was included on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, ranking at No. 47.