The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 12, 1996 - 11A
JIenry Rollins exhales in his
latest book, 'Eye Scream
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Racism. it's so crass - it's nightmarish, it's vul- troubled kind of music, which I think
Sexism. Street violence. Drug abuse. gar. That's what the book was trying to really fits the mood of that piece,"
The ,edonistic, heartless, apathetic get across - it is burning and we're all Rollins said. "That's the jazz that inter-
Ametica of the 1990s. - playing violin." ests me very much."
Everything annoys author-rocker Rollins reads the chapters Many sections of the book deal with
ry Rollins. And that everything "Everything" and "Nothing" on a CD relationships; the first, "Mekanik,"
makes Op a chapter of his latest book, "audio book"; some sections are examines "the hypocrisy of morality
"Eye Scream' backed by the dissonant, erratic jazz of and the nuts and bolts of sexual
Rolins calls the chapter Rashied Ali (on drums) and Charles mechanics," Rollins said.
"Everything" a section "where I could Gayle (on saxophone, violin, and "(It's saying) 'I'm the embodiment of
just dump." And dump he does. piano). Rollins has known Gayle for all that stuff that at parties you say
"It's one long exhale," he says. "It's some time; he plays on an dpcoming you're not into, but when you're alone,
basically just my disgust and fear of Rollins Band album and has played live you do;" he said. "I don't necessarily
what this country is. It's an amazing with them. And Gayle is doing his own believe or support all the opinions in
place, -but at the same time, it's the album for Rollins' label, 2.13.61 that section, but the goal was to play
scariest place I've ever been. Records. devil's advocate."
"It'san intense culture we live in, and "These guys play a pretty aggressive, Rollins, 35, is at turns violent and
macho as well as tender and vulnerable.
He is also at times very funny.
"1 have that macho side because I
enjoy ithe said. "I think men should
have it ... without being intimidating
and date-raping and all that stuff. I have
some sensitivity because I'm not stupid.
I'm aware of my emotions"
Rollins has strong opinions about the
defilement of women, but admits that
women in general baffle him. In one
scene in the chapter "Suffocation and
Solitudes" he describes a stripper who
fellates a gun as part of her act; she then
blows her brains out with the weapon.
He calls strip bars boring and depress-
"To me it sets women back and it
weakens men," he said. "Maybe I come
from an overnachoized, Nietzschean
ideal, but I think if you're a guy who
1 likes women and you can't get naked
with a woman for free mutually, then
you wouldn't make it in the jungle.
You'd be out of the breeding pool.
Rollins spares no vitriol for drunks
and drug abusers; Rollins said chemi-
cals were never a temptation for him.
"I've always thought that alcohol,
drugs, and tobacco were a government
ploy to keep people mediocre, in har-
ness, and shutting up and going to
work at Pizza Hut daily;' he said. "I
said, 'Not me. You're not getting me.
Not only does he write books and
front the Rollins Band, but he also runs
the publishing company 2.13.61 and
two record labels - Infinite Zero,
along with American Recordings guru
Rick Rubin, and 2.13.61 Records.
"What keeps me going is the con-
stant fury and rage that courses through
my blood as soon as I wake up in the
ry Is always a happy camper. morning;' Rollins said.
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