Though he's best known as a rocker in 1980s punk pioneers Black Flag and his own Henry Rollins Band, Henry Rollins is quite the post-punk renaissance man. He's an author, actor, writer, head of his own record label and publishing company, and one of the most popular spoken-word performers around. His 1990s and early-21st-century spoken-word stage shows and recordings combine the anger found in his music with trenchant, often funny, socio-political insights.
The boxed life sees Henry take to the stage for a collection of spoken word performances, recorded at various dates around the world, from 1989 to 1992. No music!
It's Henry Rollins as standup comedian! Airport gags and all! He's good at it, too, and this two-disc "talking record" is far more enlightening and entertaining than his angry poetry or his hard-rock histrionics. After all, how many times can he scream about his pain before we all get a little numb? On The Boxed Life (which refers to an endless string of hotel rooms, dressing rooms, and waiting rooms on the road), Rollins eases up and lets fans in on the joke--taking the happy campers in the live audience on hilarious side trips through his teenage career in animal husbandry ("Strength"), his tortured sense of humor ("Funny Guy"), and his low-down life in countless bars ("Blues"). --Michael Ruby
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