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Call bullshit on Henry Rollins in our fun-time quiz 

Wednesday, Nov 2 2005
In celebration of iconic 44-year-old punk rocker, sociopolitical commentator, and all-around media whore Henry Rollins' current "25 Years of Bullshit" spoken-word tour (which stops at the Palace of Fine Arts on Tuesday, Nov. 8; go to for more info), we've devised a bullshit quiz of our own. True or false:

No. 1: In June 1981, while attending a show by Black Flag (his favorite band) in New York City, Henry Garfield -- a 20-year-old Washington, D.C., Häagen-Dazs store manager -- is invited onstage by singer Dez Cadena to sing "Clocked In." The very next day, he's asked to join the group.

No 2: Later that summer, Garfield takes the surname "Rollins" in honor of Republican strategist Ed Rollins, whose face he gets tattooed on his back.

No 3: Rollins begins keeping a detailed journal of his life on the road with Black Flag, which eventually becomes the basis for his 1994 book and spoken-word album, Get in the Van (which wins a Grammy).

No 4: In October 1985, while touring the Midwest with Black Flag, Rollins pens his first poem, "I Love You, Little Pony." It becomes the title of his first of many books of poetry.

No. 5: Several months after Black Flag breaks up, Rollins travels to England to record his first solo album, Hot Animal Machine.

No. 6: The album is a critical and popular success.

No. 7: Rollins and his new bandmates, under the pseudonym Henrietta Collins & the Wifebeating Childhaters, release an EP titled Drive By Shooting. It features a parody of Queen's "We Will Rock You" called "I Have Come to Kill You."

No. 8: In January 1990, MTV helps make Rollins a household name when it signs him up to guest-host the game show Remote Control.

No. 9: February 1994. Eager to segue into an acting career but wary of exploiting his trademark vein-popping intensity, Rollins auditions for and wins his first big-screen role -- as a demure English tree surgeon in the holiday family movie Little Women.

No. 10: December 1998. Rollins -- along with Dweezil, Ahmet, and Moon Unit Zappa -- appears in the Michael Keaton holiday family movie Jack Frost.

1T, 2F, 3T, 4F, 5T, 6F, 7T, 8F, 9F, 10 — true!!!

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