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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 40-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 LA 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Bad Religion and Jim Ruland (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"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)

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  • Dave Archer-Kiefer
  • 21-10-20

Cursory, pedantic, avoids the real story

A cursory look at this decent band-turned-chesseball Warped Tour shills. Why does this narrative gloss over or avoid the best stories, like Graffin getting busted for stalking 18 yr old punk girls in chat rooms and then whacking off to them over his web cam? These guys are dorks and creeps. They’ve made some cool records and a lot of crap. This book is mostly the latter.

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  • Andrea Nunez
  • 23-10-20

Punk Rock!!

Bad religion is one of the reasons I love punk Rock!!! There music will never die!!

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  • Keenan
  • 23-08-20

Textbook Comprehensive

The story of Bad Religion is inherently interesting as a fan of the band, and by virtue of them being a punk band. I was disappointed with the reader though. Not that his performance was bad in any way, but after hearing NOFX’s Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories told by the members of the band, this didn’t feel as impactful on a personal level. It would have been an improvement to even have a forward by Graffin or Gurewitz. Overall, it was a great listen, gave all the stories and information you’d wanna know about Bad Religion, albeit seemingly written to please the band’s educated sensibility more than an average punk kid may appreciate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-20

Eye opening. Even to a huge dedicated fan.

Since 2006, Bad Religion has been a staple in my life. From front to back, this autobiography not only captures the band's 40 year history, but to a huge fan like me, I took away a lot of things from this book that I never knew about them. Even their motivations for certain songs and albums were surprising. I now have an even deeper appreciation for Bad Religion after having heard this book. This book is a must read not only for fans of BR, but to those who want to have a thought-provoking experience.

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  • Todd Mclaughlin
  • 24-11-20

A Deep Dive into Punk Greatness

The last show I saw before the pandemic was Bad Religion in a small, totally packed venue. It was one of the most energetic, positive and hardcore punk performances I have ever witnessed. This book encapsulates the 40 years of focus and determination that Bad Religion has put forth consistently to make their presence known. I listened to every album from beginning to end as they were highlighted throughout the book and feel like I am coming out of the experience a better person. The lyrics, the sound, the questions presented are just what the doctor ordered as I sit and reminisce about how much I miss their live music! Long live BR!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-20

Thank you😊

Such a legacy🎶 great Listen!! No. As religion book can make your life complete...but this defiantly inspired🤘🏻

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  • Heartcast Media
  • 12-11-20

We're not Bad Religion, you are!

I learned so much about the band and the author by reading this book. Understanding the origins of punk delivered by a Bad Religion make me a brand new fan. Thank you for producing this book, I'm inspired.

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  • Ryan Anys
  • 05-11-20

Fantastic Rock Bio!

If you're into Bad Religion or punk rock in general, particularly the original LA punk scene, this book is for YOU! Drafted with full cooperation from the band, the compelling tale takes you through Bad Religion's long + rich history, beginning with their genesis in the late '70s, and tracking their development over time, album by album, bringing the story (so far) current to today. It's a page-turner (if that applies to an audiobook?) that I cannot recommend enough!

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  • Christopher Gallardo
  • 21-10-20

Makes me love the band even more!

Good reader. Incredibly thorough. Can't help but relive my own youth and reminisce the days of live shows.

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  • W. Todd Mogle
  • 07-10-20

Narrator unfamiliar

Great story, however it seems that the narrator was unfamiliar with a lot of bands in the genre as he mispronounced numerous band names, and individuals names.