You may know that Henry Rollins came to The Belcourt a few weeks back in order to "yank capitalism's crank," as they say. You may also know that he dropped by beloved local record shop Grimey's, where he bought a bunch of stuff. But, I ask, did you know that he filmed a segment for his TakePart TV series, Henry Rollins' Capitalism?
The general theme of the segment — which you can watch above — is "Favorite Protest Songs." But as Mr. Rollins is wont to do, he drifts on and off topic, talking about Black Flag (naturally), Bikini Kill, The Clash, Thomas Jefferson, Jimi Hendrix, Public Enemy, fascism and the importance of record stores. It's all woven together, and the whole point is that record stores are cool because they carry records, which are cool because they allow artists to enlighten you, which is cool because that keeps fascism at bay, which is cool because who likes fascism besides fascists? "One of your last lines of defense against fascism — and just a completely awful day," says Rollins, "is the record store." Hear hear.
A hat-tip goes to occasional Scene contributor Marissa R. Moss, who hipped us to the clip via her Lockeland Springsteen bloggage.