As an aspiring musician, this book was of great pleasure for me to read. While reading Get in the Van, I felt that I related to certain thoughts and feelings that Henry Rollins seemed to have had during his years in Black Flag. If you are someone who feels isolated, whether it be because of yourself or those around you, you will relate to this book. Or if you are an aspiring musician who looks forward to 'making it,' this book may help you gain a better perspective on that road you desire. This book made me start a personal journal of my own. This book helped me understand that it is okay to enjoy being alone. As you read Get in the Van, you will find names of authors and books that you should check out.
This book is the rawest example of life on the road. But it is more than that as it is life on the road with one of the most influential and hardest working bands of the early hardcore punk scene, Black Flag. Gritty and full of the anger and emotion you have come to expect from Henry Rollins, an extremely accomplished and versatile writer/musician/actor/spoken word artist. Reading in his words the expiriences of the tours, writing process, down time and the treatment of the band by police and fans alike make one realize how hard that life truly is. This book is definitley an eye-opener for all those aspiring musicians who think that life on the raod is one big party. This is their wake up call.
This book is a 'must have' for any serious Henry Rollins fan. It's a journal that gives deep insight into what drives a man like Henry at such a young age. If you've ever been curious about what it's like to live the life of a "rockstar" on tour then this is the book for you.
This book is great. I had a hard time putting it down and was p*ssed it finished it so quickly. A good read for the Black Flag/Henry Rollins fanatic.
This book is a touch-stone for when things look dark. Hank and Black Flag have come to mean so many different things in my life as I've gotten older. The one thing I return to again and again is the incredible work ethic and abiding self-belief these young men (and Kira, of course) must have had to do what they did and endure what they endured.
This book for me is the record of that ultimate inspiration they have given me to believe in myself and my life. They've helped me to unflinchingly face late nights and early mornings in pursuit of my life. Black Flag, not unlike zen, is a method of searching more than a destination that you arrive at.