The Iron by Henry Rollins

by Kilo on September 6, 2011


Henry Rollins, author of The Iron

As a writer, I’ve always loved reading writers talk about writing. (great sentence…not) As a lifter, I’ve always loved reading lifters who write about lifting. Enter The Iron by Henry Rollins, which gives me some of both.

I was first introduced to Henry Rollins by the song Liar in High School when he was singing for Rollins Band. I had never heard of Black Flag and had no idea that the guy was a writer.

He was big, though. Obviously a man who had put in some serious time strength training and/or bodybuilding. I had no idea what the Henry Rollins workout might be, but from the look of the guy it was probably something fairly intense.

I can’t remember where I first found the essay The Iron, but it had a lot of truth in it for me. I read it often and there’s something new in it to make me smile or nod each time.

If you haven’t yet read it, here you go.

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Todd September 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Rollins is a fantastic writer. I was never a Black Flag fan, but he came into my radar much the same way (that and the occasional movie cameo, like The Chase).

I’ve seen him do a spoken word concert one time, reading his poetry. He’s a very cerebral man, and I would have never guessed that by looking at him. He comes across on first impression as a tatted up meat head. He’s one of those guys that that will make you realize that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.


Patrick M. Tracy September 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I had read excerpts of that one, but never the whole thing. Thanks. It does hit home.


John Sifferman September 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Good find – thanks Josh!


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