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By Jeff Alexander Guitarist Brian Baker’s versatility allowed him to refine and transcend the barriers of punk yet he humbly rejects any notion of being the sole creative force behind the legacies of Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, and Bad Religion. Bad Religion celebrated its 40th anniversary with the autobiography Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion and offered intimate glimpses into a group long known for maintaining privacy. Baker has served as Bad Religion’s guitarist for 27 years and remains proud of the group’s longevity and relevance.  “When you stop and think just how long Bad Religion has been together...

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By Jeff Alexander For guitarist Ron Emory, TSOL’s 40th anniversary allowed him the unique opportunity for introspection. The group was a trailblazing force in the world of punk but their notorious antics led to blacklists, violence, and ultimately, implosion. Crafting dark melodies amidst fiery tempos that are hallmarks of Emory’s unique style, TSOL were largely responsible for merging first wave hardcore punk with gothic themes, complemented by singer Jack Grisham’s sensual vocals.  TSOL has weathered storms of substance abuse, incarceration, violence, and tragic death and their 40th anniversary further reinforces the group’s collective passion and resiliency to continue creating, no...

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