Keynote Speaker: Henry Rollins

rollins200We’re delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2013 California Library Association in Long Beach will be Henry Rollins. Henry is a perfect speaker for our conference theme of “Let’s Make Some Noise!” His thoughtful, insightful, and entertaining commentary on social issues can be found across multiple media.

Originally best known as the singer for the seminal Southern California punk rock band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986, and the Rollins Band in the decade that followed, he has also released over a dozen spoken word albums in which he shares his commentary on a host of social and political topics. He has also published fifteen books of journals, poetry, autobiography, and photography, including 1992’s Black Coffee Blues, 1994’s Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag, and most recently, 2011’s Occupants, a collection of photographs from around the world paired with essays about the world condition, which called “an impressive collection built entirely out of Rollins’ desire to expose readers to corners of the world they may otherwise never see.”

Henry hosts a weekly radio program on KCRW in Los Angeles, writes regularly for LA Weekly, has acted in the television program Sons of Anarchy and in numerous films, and hosted The Henry Rollins Show on IFC for two seasons. He tours with the USO to support and entertain American troops overseas. Henry is a popular speaker on social justice topics, spending more nights per year on the road than he does at home. You can follow Henry on twitter at @henryrollins. He is passionate, energetic, inspiring, and challenging, and we feel very fortunate that he will be able to join us at the CLA Conference on the morning of November 4 as our keynote speaker.

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