Legendary Californian punk band Bad Religion are set to tell the whole story in a new autobiography.

Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion is the first in-depth book about the band, co-authored by accomplished music writer Jim Ruland with their full cooperation.

It reveals the ups and downs of their 40-year career, from their beginnings as teenagers experimenting in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed “The Hell Hole” to headlining major music festivals around the world.

The book predominantly features the four principal voices of Bad Religion in a hybrid oral history/narrative format: Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley, and Brian Baker.

Bad Religion. Pic by Jim Wright.

It also includes rare photos; never-before-seen material from the archives; and all-new interviews with former members and famous friends.

Bad Religion’s blend of melodic hardcore and thought-provoking lyrics – along with the creation of the label Epitaph Records out of necessity to release their own records and later to sign bands –  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 continue to spread their message one song, one show, one tour at a time-with no signs of stopping.

Do What You Want will be published in hardcover, e-book, and audio formats on August 18, by Hachette Books, and can be pre-ordered here.

Bad Religion performing at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. Pic: Gary Welford.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1980, the band have released 17 studio albums, the most recent being last year’s Age Of Unreason.

They were due to tour extensively through North America, Japan, and Europe this year to celebrate 40 years together, including an almost sold-out co-headlining tour with Alkaline Trio.

They were also due to play five dates in the UK last month, with the UK Subs as special guests, plus a headline set at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in August, but cancelled their live commitments for the rest of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK dates have been rescheduled for summer 2021, and billed as ’40 Years +1′. they have also re-confirmed their Rebellion headline slot.

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner