Professionally filmed video footage of punk rock icon Henry Rollins‘s entire August 4 spoken-word performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.
Rollins, whose outspoken views and activism work have made him one of punk’s most political alumni, spends most of his time writing a weekly column for alternative newspaper LA Weekly, taking on various acting roles, curating a radio show for Los Angeles-based KCRW and going on extensive spoken-word tours. He recently launched another extensive spoken-word tour in North America where he reflected his insights on his wide travels and shared his commentary on the recent nature of politics with a touch of Rollins humor for his audiences.
Back in August, Rollins spoke to the New Zealand TV show “Waatea 5th Estate” about what America might look like under President Donald Trump. He said: “I think you would have a country that would have an increasingly difficult time trying to get along with the European Union, such as it is, getting along with China, because we would become confrontational. [That’s] not the way to deal with China, in my opinion. They play a longer game, their economy is run differently. They use sometimes confusion logic; there’s some great writing about it. If Trump says, ‘My way or the highway,’ the Chinese will go, ‘Okay, we’re gonna collect on all that debt. And so we’ll take that hotel and that whole skyline, that’s ours today.'”
He continued: “I don’t wanna get into any tough-guy chest puffing with any country; there’s too many kids to get hurt and my country’s economy can’t sustain it. So if he wants to run a country like a failed businessman or like a corny reality show, I’m not in. And so under a Trump presidency, I think you’d have brown people, black people, Muslim people, gay people having potentially a dangerous or a very awful time in America.”