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Punk icon Henry Rollins named winner of the 2014 Ray Bradbury Creativity Award

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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.

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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.”

Photographs from the award ceremony were published by Daniel Noble Photography.

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