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Henry Rollins to occupy Oak Park Public Library

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I like to bag on Henry Rollins, mostly because it's so very easy. Most intelligent people I know who've made it over a hundred pages into Get In the Van can extemporize an ersatz vintage Rollins diary entry, eg. "Woke up in the shed. Lifted weights while drinking coffee and thinking about how fucked up shit is in the world and how badly I want to punch it. All of it. Last night a girl came up to me after the show and tried to talk to me and it made me feel weird."

But the facts remain that Rollins is the second or third best Black Flag vocalist, that he's spent his post-Flag career grinding harder than anyone this side of Lil Wayne, and that after several decades of getting up in front of people to entertain them he's become incredibly good at it. He'll be at the Oak Park Public Library tomorrow to present his new book, Occupants, which documents his travels to such far-flung destinations as Nepal, Vietnam, Afghanistan, South Africa, and Northern Ireland. He'll be reading from the book and signing copies, and given my past experiences with him it should be entertaining. It's not related to the book in any way but if you can somehow convince him to tell the story about waking up from a three-day septic fever resulting from punching a dude's teeth out and his first thoughts being how he could rub one out with all of the IVs and such protruding from himself I highly recommend it.

Details after the jump:

Music legend, photographer, and writer Henry Rollins shares his new book, Occupants: Photographs and Writings by Henry Rollins, on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 pm at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. This event is co-sponsored by The Book Table which will have copies of the new book for sale and signing.

The event is free, but tickets are required. 150 tickets will be handed out in the Library Lobby beginning at 6 pm on October 18. People with tickets will be allowed to line up outside the Veterans Room venue once they have a ticket. Doors to the Veterans Room will open at 6:30 pm. Seating and standing room will be available on a first come, first serve basis. This will be an author event only; no live music.

Patrons who do not get tickets will be allowed to line up outside of the Veterans Room if they have purchased the new book, Occupants to be signed by Henry Rollins. Patrons will be allowed to ask Rollins to sign only one other item such as a CD or t-shirt.

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