In a late January press release, Woodbury University in Southern California announced that music icon, author, poet, and social activist Henry Rollins has been named the recipient of the 2014 Ray Bradbury Creativity Award.
Rollins receives this award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism, his intelligent conversations regarding how cultural preservation and common sense will save the world, as well as his intense praise for the importance of maintaining books and libraries.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was well known for his science fiction novels as 'Fahrenheit 451' and 'The Martian Chronicles', for his futuristic predictions, and for his advocacy for public libraries. The Edge Communications Inc. press release for Woodbury University states that, “For more than a decade, the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award has been presented to individuals whose contributions embody the creative spark and social conscience that characterized the late author’s work. Previous recipients include Kirk Douglas, Malcolm McDowell, Burt Reynolds, Jody Greenwald, Roy E. Disney, and F. Murray Abraham.”
The official ceremony took place on February 8, 2014, and a gracious Henry Rollins was in attendance to receive the award. For an in-depth, excellent review of the evening’s activities, including detailed quotes from Rollins, visit Daniel and Rachel Noble’s newcaller.com article here.
According to the press release, “Rollins is the highly regarded former lead singer with the seminal hardcore punk bands Black Flag and the Rollins Band and spoken word artist. On television, he has hosted The Henry Rollins Show and currently hosts Ten Things You Don’t Know About on History Channel 2 (H2). As an actor, Rollins had a recurring role on Sons of Anarchy and has appeared in more than two dozen movies. He currently hosts a music show on KCRW and is a columnist for LA Weekly, where he shares his views on a variety of social issues. In 2013, Rollins was a keynote speaker at the Association of College and Research Libraries biannual conference.
“It is an honor and quite a shot in the arm to be acknowledged by Woodbury University for creativity, ”said Rollins. “To create from a mere thought into something that could inspire others and unleash their imagination – this is what I live for.”
Henry Rollins accepts the 2014 Ray Bradbury Creative Award given by Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. According to newscaller.com, Woodbury University has sponsored the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award since 1987. The award is given in the spirit of literacy and learning, so evident in the work of Bradbury. Creative spark and social conscience go hand-in-hand for all recipients of this award. More importantly, this award highlights a reverence for academics and suggests the use of critical thinking for the furthering of the pursuits which would make mankind a better species to be around.
Rollins acceptance speech
Celebrated punk rocker, political activist, and social commentator Henry Rollins gives his acceptance speech for the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award at the 2014 Woodbury University ceremony.
The Ray Bradbury Creativity Award
Each year, the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award is given to a person who demonstrates a love of the creative arts and library sciences in America. Bradbury was a huge advocate of the American Public Library system, and on more than one occasion stated that the free and public library system was a the main reason he got a high school diploma and went on to higher education.
Rollins posing with fans
Henry Rollins is laid back and comfortable when around fans. At the Ray Bradbury Awards ceremony, he spent time answering fans' questions and posing for pictures with the various people gathered to celebrate his award.
Black Flag album cover
TV Party was an EP released by the American band Black Flag in 1982. The album was released by SST Records and produced by Black Flag and Ed Barton, and featured the famous lyrics, "We've got nothing better to do... than watch TV and have a couple of brews..."
The Black Flag Icon
The iconic Black Flag bars and logo symbol are easily recognized by fans of the famous emblem. In 2003, The Ataris did a cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" song. They changed the lyrics to say that "Out on the road today I saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac." The new lyric emphasized Gen X and how the world had changed since the first time the song was sung.
Punk band Black Flag is considered to be one of the original hardcore bands of the late 1970's and early 1980's. Henry Rollins joined the band in 1981 as the lead singer, and ushered the band into its most popular time frame in American music history.