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ROCKTOBER: Occupants by Henry Rollins


For the past twenty-five years, Henry Rollins has searched out the most desolate corners of the Earth—from Iraq to Afghanistan, Thailand to Mali, and beyond—articulating his observations through music and words, on radio and television, and in magazines and books. Though he’s known for the raw power of his expression, Rollins has shown that the greatest statements can be made with the simplest of acts: to just bear witness, to be present.
            In Occupants, Rollins invites us to do the same. The book pairs Rollins’s visceral full-color photographs—taken in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and elsewhere over the last few years—with writings that not only provide context and magnify the impact of the images but also lift them to the level of political commentary. Simply put, this book is a visual testimony of anger, suffering, and resilience. Occupants will help us realize what is so easy to miss when tragedy and terror become numbing, constant forces—the quieter, stronger forces of healing, solidarity, faith, and even joy.

About the Author

Henry Rollins joined the Southern California band Black Flag as vocalist in 1981. Upon its demise, he formed Rollins Band, and has been making records, writing books, and touring the world ever since. Rollins has averaged over one hundred shows a year for over 30 years. He also performs in movies and TV shows and hosts a weekly LA radio show.


  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569768153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569768150
 Henry Rollins is an amazing author, although his poetry is really what sets him apart from most singers writing books.  It is gritty and beautiful at the same time. 


  1. Love this review! Being the huge punk fan I am, I have to get a copy of this one!

  2. My son is a huge fan. He had a chance to meet him when he was 7 y.o and he was too afraid to talk to him. The guy is bigger than life and pretty imposing, especially to a 7 y.o. LOL. I really love his poetry.


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