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See a Grown Man Cry / Now Watch Him Die Paperback – 25 Sep 1997

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: 2.13.61,U.S. (25 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880985373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880985373
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,232,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compilation of work by Rollins from 1988-1992, this is an exorcism of the demons that emerged after he witnessed the senseless murder of his best friend, fellow author and Black Flag roadie, Joe Cole.

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One of the most brutal books about personal Hell I've read in some time. Henrys rise to solo stardom, mixed with the brutal murder of his best Buddy makes for a roller coaster ride in to darkness. Not a easy book to read, but it's worth the efford
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the Journal Entries 21 July 2012
By StraightlineIronmind - Published on Amazon.com
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The selling point of this book is that it was written before and after the unsolved murder of Joe Cole, Rollins' best friend. What the reader gets is the familiar productive, destructive, driven, depressed, egotist, self defeatist Rollins with the added extreme of his grief and nearly suicidal depression. The first book of this volume consists almost entirely of poetry, with the same few themes being explored over and over. These include: depression, solitude, rage, death, Armageddon, violence, abuse, sex, decadence, nihilism, etc. The second book of this volume consists of the always excellent tour journal entries that most Rollins readers know and love. If these entries do not inspire you to do exactly what you want to do in life to the best of your ability and then some, you are reading Rollins for the wrong reasons. How can this man not inspire you? The entries in a nutshell are Henry destroying show after show with Rollins Band while throwing talking shows in between. He kills all the shows despite being extremely depressed and self destructive and makes it to the other side a changed man, more focused on his pursuits than ever. Here he's turning from animal to machine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Hour 7 Aug. 2001
By SoCal One - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a long-time admirer of Mr. Rollins since his Black Flag days, I was compelled to look into some of his work other than music, which leads me to reading this book.
"See a Grown Man Cry/Now Watch Him Die" encompasses Henry's personal reflections of his life and touring throughout the 1988-1992 period. Mr. Rollins' book is comprised of writings taken from his personal journal and poems that he wrote during one of the darkest periods of his life, including witnessing the murder of his best friend, Joe Cole. Reading the first half of this book, his poems, leaves the reader with a taste of Henry's lonely and depressed feeling of obscurity. His poems not only reflect the dark side of his life, but also the tender and vunerable side that often causes him pain. . . one would think that Henry's often suicidal view is a cry for help. But in reality, he choses to hang on as shown by his defiant attitude towards life. The second half, comprised mostly of journal entries while touring, reflects the often angry Henry who wants nothing more than to spit in your face and to be left alone. At the same time, he wants everyone to know who he is and where he's coming from, yet needs the loneliness of his existence--one can only feel that Henry's expressions are nothing more than a contradiction: he desires success and fame, but agonizes over what comes with the territory of being famous (having fan recognition and having to do interviews).
The book is a true, sometimes brutal account of Henry's life and what he has endure during this dark and depressing time. I can appreciate his straight forwardness, honesty and defiant attitude towards life because we all share a painful period in our lives; some more than others. At the same time, I feel that while he deserves success, he does not necessarily deserve total kudos for his achievements, although I shall continue to respect his work.
Overall, I would still recommend it to fans of Henry Rollins. WARNING: Do not read this book if you're expecting a happy ending.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fueled on rage 30 Jun. 2013
By John S. Gruse - Published on Amazon.com
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To say that Rollins is intense is an understatement. Like saying Dahmer was creepy... I've always enjoyed Rollins' literacy and his immediacy, and It only takes him a couple lines to get you into the room with him. I enjoyed his poetry in this book more than the diary-like descriptions of his road experiences, which at times became sort of monotonous, but the poetry was energetic and concise. Henry Rollins is one of the few of today's musical personalities that I would actually like to meet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 27 Oct. 2013
By tommy vasquez - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I was thinking the book was just dark poetry but whoa was I wrong!!! This book is full of twists and turns and really showed me how Rollins became the great that he is known as today! Also the journals were a unique treat that also shows the real change in the scenes and Rollins through the early 90s! Love Rollins stuff. A great followup to GET IN THE VAN!
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't believe it!!! 28 Oct. 2016
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