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July 13, 2015

LESSON 4: Take a stand

Punx (left); Youth Of Today (right) I got into punk back in 1989 after discovering The Sex Pistols and some random local bands who fell into the "mohawks, leather jackets and Anarchy signs" camp. In other words, classic "punk rock by the numbers." Being a weird kid who felt like I didn't belong in the "normal" world, I definitely responded to their aggression and anger, but something didn't feel right. Their anger felt directionless and inarticulate, there was an undercurrent of self-destructiveness that I definitely did not respond to (coming from a family of fuckups, that was the LAST thing I wanted more of), and if I'm being honest, I thought they looked stupid with their ridiculous haircuts and spiky jackets. Punk was a start, but I was looking for something more-- something that could channel my anger and alienation in a positive direction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfFdqXImxIU The line "living fast and dying young was…
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