Henry Rollins: The Clash Album That Changed My Life

When Henry Rollins was young he had a buddy, a sort of "punk rock trail guide," who would lend him choice selections from his vinyl collection — with the agreement that the budding music obsessive would return them after a prescribed amount of time. One particular record in that exchange had such a profound, life-altering influence on Rollins that he had trouble giving it back: The Clash's self-titled 1977 debut. See him recount the story of how this "game changer and pitch-perfect rock album" made the singer "realize that authority was to be questioned" — a steadfast attitude that he carries with him to this day. Sponsored by The Sound of Vinyl