From their beginnings as teenagers experimenting in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed "The Hell Hole" to headlining major music festivals around the world, DO WHAT YOU WANT tells the whole story of Bad Religion's forty-year career in irreverent style.DO WHAT YOU WANT's principal storytellers are the four voices that define Bad Religion: Greg Graffin, a Wisconsin kid who sang in the choir and became an L.A. punk rock icon while he was still a teenager; Brett Gurewitz, a high school dropout who founded the independent punk label Epitaph Records and went on to become a record mogul; Jay Bentley, a surfer and skater who gained recognition as much for his bass skills as for his antics on and off the stage; and Brian Baker, a founding member of Minor Threat who joined the band in 1994 and brings a fresh perspective as an intimate outsider. With a unique blend of melodic hardcore and thought-provoking lyrics, Bad Religion paved the way for the punk rock explosion of the 1990s, opening the door for bands like NOFX, The Offspring, Rancid, Green Day, and Blink-182 to reach wider audiences. They showed the world what punk could be, and they continue to spread their message one song, one show, one tour at a time.
About the Author
BAD RELIGION formed in Los Angeles in 1980, and ranks among the most influential American punk rock bands of all time. They have released seventeen albums that have sold over five million copies, and they continue to sell out venues all over the world.
JIM RULAND has been writing for punk rock zines like Flipside since the early '90s and has written for every issue of Razorcake, America's only nonprofit independent music fanzine. He is the coauthor of My Damage with Keith Morris, the founding vocalist of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and OFF!
"Ruland serves up a heady, revelatory collaboration with the enduring
punk band Bad Religion... his testament to the value of hard work and independent thinking offers
a thrilling alternative to the conventional rise-and-fall rock narrative."—Publishers Weekly, "Summer Reads Staff Pick"
"[A] fascinating story... the band has overcome a lot of challenges over the years,
and this sufficient narrative documents every one of them."—Kirkus
"[DO WHAT YOU WANT is] the book treatment their legendary career deserves."—Entertainment Weekly
"A breezy and enjoyable oral history of being in one of the most
respected and enduring punk acts in American history."—A.V. Club
“The first exhaustive examination of one of California’s greatest punk rock bands. Members open up to Ruland in ways they never have in the past, with each sharing their own insights into the band’s long and not always easy history.”—New Noise