Henry Rollins, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins

“I think that the first record album that I bought with my own money was probably a cassette. I bought it with my paper route money, and I think it was `Grand Funk Live Album,’ a double-cassette I bought at People’s Drug Store on O St. in Washington in 1970-something. I was in fourth grade, probably 10 or 11 years old.

I had a lot of records that my mom had given me … the Beatles and stuff like that … but that was the first one that I went out and bought on my own. And I kind of knew what I was doing. For some reason, I really liked that song, `Mean Mistreater.’ I guess I heard it from my step-brother.

I just saw the words `Grand Funk’ behind the glass counter at People’s, pointed at it, and the lady sold it to me. I don’t remember much more of the experience. I’ve heard the record since, and I can remember the between-song raps. But I don’t even remember whether they’re really a good band or not. I can’t say I know a whole lot about Grand Funk.”

The always-outspoken Henry Rollins brings his “Capitalism” spoken word tour to The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Thursday (October 25) – just as the presidential election heads into the home stretch. This should be interesting… Tix are $23.

  1. apertureamy says

    People’s Drug Stores! NOSTALGIA.

  2. Stanley Johnson says

    Not being a cable tv subscriber at the time nor a big punk music fan I didn’t know who Henry Rollins was until I saw him at the State Theatre in Ithaca in 2003. He had me and most of the audience in stitches for more than two and a half hours. Funny, intelligent and not afraid to make fun of himself (or anyone else), this show will make you laugh and think about it later.

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