His childhood period was worsened by being sexually assaulted which made him fall into depression and low self-esteem.He was diagnosed with hyperactivity when he was in his fourth grade making him consume Ritalin for several years which helped him to concentrate on his education.He worked as a roadie for Washington bands from 1979 to 1980. He was the person to fill the words for the band’s five songs which released its first sole EP named No Policy in 1981 through Mac Kaye’s Dischord Records.He became the frontman and vocalist of the band to form State of Alert (S. He has also made his career in the movies including several independent films like Kiss Napoleon Goodbye (1990), Morgan’s Ferry (2001), A House on a Hill (2003), Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011), He Never Died (2015), The Last Heist (2016) and so on.He would say incredibly awful, unrepeatable things about women," Rollins notes. It's like someone took a marker and marked you all up. When I was like really inappropriately young, he would tell me how to deal with women. You never get it off you."And it effects all of your relationships and your actions. I am a more hollow and disconnected person after that."Human relationships are difficult and part of that is from that event. He has recorded his own autobiographical book Get in the Van for which he earned a Grammy Award.
He is the only child to his parents who divorced when he was just three years old.
He was enrolled at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland where he learned to develop a strong work ethic and a sense of discipline. In his early days, Rollins worked as a courier for kidney samples at the National Institutes of Health where he worked for minimum wage.
Later, he joined American University in Washington D. He became interested in punk rock with his friend Ian Mac Kaye.
After the separation of his parents, he lived with mother in Glover Park. Talking about his family background, Rollins great-grandfather Henry Luban is from the East Latvian town of Rēzekne who fled away to the United States.
He is of Jewish descent considering his father’s background.
As a writer, Rollins has authored many books like Black Coffee Blues, The First Five, Do I Come Here Often?