Bad Religion 2019
[Photo by: Alice Baxley]

Bad Religion, one of the most enduring and evolving bastions of punk rock on the planet, are readying the release of their autobiography. The book, DO WHAT YOU WANT: The Story Of Bad Religion, is set for release August 20th by Hachette Books.

If you’re a Bad Religion stan, you’re going to need this in your life. The 272-page tome–co-authored by band members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley and Brian Baker with music journalist Jim Ruland–is a deep examination of the band’s four storied decades in rock. Fans will be treated to rare photos and assorted archival material, as well as interviews from former bandmates and members of the punk community the band came up with.

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DO WHAT YOU WANT is written in an oral history/narrative framework with the band members revealing all the career highs and abject lows that would’ve crushed the spirit of so many contenders. But this is Bad Religion we’re talking about, and the book details their collective history as bona fide punk rock lifers. Their early teenage days making noise in a San Fernando Valley garage? Check. The creation of the Epitaph Records label? Affirmative. Playing in prominent positions at some of the world’s best musical festivals? Absolutely. Understanding the passion behind Graffin’s lyrics? Of course!

Because this is the modern world, the autobiography will be available in hardcover (old school!), e-book and audio-book formats. You can preorder DO WHAT YOU WANT right here, as well as all the usual online outlets of Barnes And Noble, Amazon and Apple.

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This announcement is yet another example of Bad Religion continuing to kick ass and take names this year. You can see them this spring when they embark on a co-headlining tour with Chicago punk institution Alkaline Trio.