Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag by Henry Rollins

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Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag Read Online Free - As a member of the seminal punk band Black Flag, Henry Rollins kept detailed tour diaries that form the basis of Get in the Van . Rollins's observations range from the wry to the raucous in this blistering account of a six-year career with the band - a time marked by crazed fans, vicious cops, near-starvation, substance abuse, and mind numbing all-night drives. Rollins decided to revise this edition by adding a wealth of new photographs, a new foreword, and an afterword to include some "where-are-they-now" information on the people featured in the book. This new edition includes 40 previously unpublished black-and-white photographs from Rollins's private collection and show flyers by artist Raymond Pettibon. Called "a soul-frying experience not to be undertaken by lightweights" by Wired magazine, Get in the Van perfectly embodies what one critic called the "secular gospel" of one of punk and post-punk's most respected and controversial figures.

Title : Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag
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ISBN : 1880985764
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 303 pages


Erika rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2014

I think this has been one of the hardest books that I have read in a long time. It isn't the writing that makes it hard, however, I will say that it is all taken from Henry's journal entries so the flow is rough. No, the reason why it is such a hard read is that Henry's depression, self loathing...

East Bay J rated it ★★★★☆

February 14, 2010

I've wanted to read Get In The Van since it was published sixteen years ago. Getting around to it after all this time has proven to be a loopy experience. When I was a teen, I was all about Black Flag. I thought they were incredible. Damaged, their first LP, was hard to take in and an immediate f...

Matt rated it ★★★☆☆

March 15, 2009

Best story: Rollins writes about how he and another guy in his band (might have been Greg Ginn) are out on the road in some godforsaken place, have no money and are starving and want to go to this Wendy's type establishment to eat. There's a salad bar there where the price is three dollars for al...

Nate rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2008

I can't really take too much of Henry's self-mythologizing, but this book chronicles the work that he'll be known for forever: fronting Black Flag. Working on Greg Ginn's farm wasn't easy and Henry's story is funny, bracing, and paints a staggering picture of young men overcoming unbelievable obs...

Matthew rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 01, 2009

Henry Rollins used to be Greg Ginn's prize white slave.

Greg rated it ★★★★☆

May 03, 2010

First off, I'm biased. I've seen Henry Rollins with and without his backing band live over 25 times. I never missed a tour until the last couple of years. How I got to the ripe old age of 34 without reading this book is beyond me. That I never cracked the cover of this book other than to glance th...

Lauren rated it ★★★☆☆

April 27, 2008

So Henry Rollins is someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.Some think he is a complete asshole, which he is, but that does not bother me much bc it's henry fucking rollins! Anyways if you had a childhood/teenage blah blah life similar to my very own you love Black Flag. Maybe you even ha...

Doug rated it ★★★☆☆

October 16, 2012

There's a moment early in "Get in the Van" where Henry Rollins recalls listening to Black Flag as a fan and both loving and hating the music. Loving it because it was urgent, energetic and evocative of his own pent-up feelings of alienation and boredom. Hating it because, reflexively, the band's...

Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

January 01, 2009

As a misanthrope and a solipsist, young Henry Rollins is the midpoint between Gene Simmons and Arthur Schopenhauer (with whom he bears more than a passing resemblance). This book chronicles his transformation from an insecure D.C. ice-cream sales associate to a self-absorbed glossolalia Cardassia...

RandomAnthony rated it ★★★☆☆

July 28, 2013

Okay, I'm going with three stars here only because 2.5 isn't an option. Get In the Van features three distinct categories: 1. Rollins in the "shed" (an actual shed behind Greg Ginn's house, if I'm not mistaken, where he lives when not touring), 2. Rollins free-associating through weird poems/visua...

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