Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion

Written by:
Narrated by:
Rob Shapiro

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2020
10 hours 25 minutes
From their beginnings as teenagers experimenting in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed "The Hell Hole" to headlining major music festivals around the world, discover 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.
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Michael I.

The book is pretty good overall though there is not much new information that a longtime fan wouldn’t already know. I was however, not a fan of the narrator.

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I’m so glad they did this. It answered some questions I had, and it was fun to learn more about the band and it’s history.

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Markus D.

Written by Bad Religion is slightly confusing as the book is basically a series of fact-first, in-depth articles about a certain time period. Each has a few quotes from band members, otherwise it is written from an outsider/historian/documentarist -perspective with the actual quotes being the final word of how it went down. A fairly exhausting read, due to the way it is written. Not so entertaining. You would probably have to have some kind of a bigger interest in the band to really like this. That said it was informative and it told the history of bad religion as they probably wanted it to be told. For tour stories and stuff like that, look elsewhere. This is definetly all ages -material and written very diplomatically about the harder issues

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Max M.

loved it. it's a no non-sense look at bad religion from their very roots to current day and everything in between. Nothing is sugar coated which gives you a unique look at what makes the band tick and how they've managed to keep producing their music and their sound through all the years. thanks for this

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