It just makes sense Henry Rollins, the famously intense and happily solitary former lead singer of the pioneering hardcore punk band Black Flag and, later, the somewhat less hardcore Rollins Band, would make his home in a bunker-like lair cleaved to a precipitous slope, with no immediate neighbors, in L.A.’s quiet and rustic, though still quite convenient Nichols Canyon.
Once described in Entertainment Weekly as “Punk-rock icon. Spoken Word poet. Actor. Author. DJ.”, and by TV Guide as a “Renaissance Man,” Rollins, now 60, nowadays hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, runs a record label and publishing company, is a regular columnist for LA Weekly, and performs around the world as a spoken word artist. Along the way he’s had mostly small parts in dozens of films and television programs, including “Johnny Mnemonic,” “Con Man,” and most recently, the animated series “Masters of the Universe: Revelation.”
The multihyphenate musician, writer, performer and businessman landed in Nichols Canyon, between Hollywood and the Sunset Strip, back in 1999 when he picked up a small bungalow for $740,000. He sold the bungalow a decade later for almost $1.1 million but didn’t have far to schlep his books, instruments and ephemera, which by his own account includes the dirt on which the head of his best friend, Joe Cole, lay after he was shot to death in front of their shared Venice home in 1991. That’s because he’d concurrently spent $2.2 million to acquire a new much more private lair just a mile up the canyon that now, a dozen years later, he’s profitably put up for sale at almost $3.9 million.
Jointly listed with Jane Schore of Coldwell Banker Realty and Victoria Silver of Compass, the 4,348-square-foot home is billed as a “private gated celebrity compound” with three bedrooms and four full and two half baths.