Author(s): Greg Graffin
I've always had a problem with authority' - Greg Graffin. The world knows Greg Graffin as the lead singer of the cult punk band Bad Religion which he founded in the 80s - what they may not know is he also also a Ph.D. and a Professor of Life Sciences at UCLA who is immersed in the debate on religion. In "Anarchy Evolution", Graffin puts forth his bold ideas about naturalism and the connection between science religion and art. In this provocative and timely book, Graffin tackles head on the 'intellectual dishonestly' of creationism; he also shares compelling stories about his childhood and how science saved him when he ran into trouble as a teenager. "Anarchy Evolution" will appeal to the fans of Bad Religion (which as sold over 2.8 million albums) as well as readers of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The book coincides with a major national Bad Religion reunion tour that will start in October of 2010. February 1, 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of quintessential Los Angeles punk rock pioneers Bad Religion, and to kick off the yearlong celebration the band will perform music spanning their storied career at multiple-night shows at House of Blues in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, and Las Vegas beginning March 17. The band also announces that they are currently writing new music with plans to head to the studio this spring and release their 15th studio album later this fall, culminating their anniversary celebration. Formed in 1980 in the suburbs of Los Angeles by teenage friends, Bad Religion have become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and are considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre. Over the past 3 decades, the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics, and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen. With 14 studio albums, countless worldwide tours and sold out shows, cross busters tattooed, stitched and worn globally, Bad Religion has a cult following.
Greg Graffin, born in Racine, Wisconsin, is most recognised as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the noted Los Angeles band Bad Religion, which he co-founded in 1980 and has been its only continual member. Graffin is also a professor of life sciences and obtained his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He has lectured courses in life sciences and paleontology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Steve Olson is the author of Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins, which was one of five finalists for the 2002 nonfiction National Book Award. He has been a consultant writer for the National Academy of Sciences as well as other organizations, and his writing has been featured in Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, Scientific American, and Wired, among other publications. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Yale University in 1978.