OK, this is kind of funny:
About a million years ago, Black Flag played at the Tropicana in Olympia. Beat Happening opened. As Calvin Johnson pranced and tummy-hopped around, you could see Rollins behind the stage looking increasingly incredulous. Was Johnson mocking Rollins' macho stage presence by offering the exact opposite? Was Rollins being upstaged? His gall visibly rising, Rollins planted himself in the front row, directly in front of Calvin, and began taunting the singer. Johnson, who never backed down from a heckler in his life, ignored the braying of insults and soldiered on. Finally, in exasperation, Rollins reached up and placed his hand over Johnson's crotch. Johnson merely took a step back, looked Rollins in the eye, and said, "Didn't your mother teach you any manners?" Apparently not.
That's the addendum to an interesting (old) column by Lois Maffeo basically asserting that Rollins is a fascist -- in the imprecise, bratty teenager "not good" sense, rather than the technical, Brown Shirt, also "not good" sense. And gay.
I will say the following:
Rollins has always seemed a little Spartan, if you know what I mean.
Lois' analysis of Rollins writings (save Get In The Van) is pretty dead-on. Have you ever actually read any of that, umm, crap? Her line "Rollins['] philosophy [runs] to the 'no excuses,' 'use your head' pump-uppery of high school football coaches" pretty much hits the nail on the head. Ditto her rip on Ayn Rand.
So Lois takes some cheap shots at Hank. It's not like I'm her number one fan in the first place, especially as a musician. Blech. Still, she makes some excellent points: Rollins is kinda "loud, angry about stupid stuff, and unfunny."
For the record, Rollins was the third best Black Flag vocalist -- ahead only of Ron Reyes a/k/a Chavo Pederast. Dez Cadena was the best -- tellingly, Rollins was recruited more-or-less as a Dez sound-alike. Not as good, but close enough. Plus, I'll bet he worked cheap and was easier for Greg Ginn to boss around. For a couple of years, anyway. Keith Morris would be second, I guess -- play "Nervous Breakdown" and "Six Pack" back-to-back, though, and it's a pretty tricky call. Both are pretty great records.