- Became involved in the punk scene as a teen through his friend Ian MacKaye, the pioneering frontman of Minor Threat and Fugazi, and the cofounder of Dischord Records.
- Jumped on stage to sing with Black Flag during a 1981 New York City show. Soon after, the band asked him to become their singer, a position he held until their 1986 breakup.
- In 1984, he founded the publishing company/record label 2.13.61, which went on to release his spoken-word albums.
- In December 1991, he and his best friend, musician Joe Cole, were held up by gunmen outside Rollins' Los Angeles home. Cole was shot and killed.
- Was voted Details' Man of the Year in 1994 and later became a contributing columnist to the magazine.
- After recording several albums with hard-rock unit Rollins Band, he disbanded the group in the late '90s, only to reform it with members of Mother Superior.
- Has toured with the USO and has championed human rights, including same-sex marriage.
- 1994, Grammy — Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album: Winner
- Iris — Mother
- Kari Wuhrer — Ex-significant Other
- Paul Garfield — Father
- Attended American University, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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