open minds. (Years later, this BOTHERATION has REMAINED myFAVORITE cheap entertainment option.)Punk rock changed our lives, and if you're one of those people that share thisbackground with me, there's no doubt I don't have to analyze this D. Boonquote any further.Punk sure fucked me up, as far as leading a "normal" life was concerned.Years later, after graduating from Stanford of all places (NOT the place to goif you've got any punk in you WHATSOEVER), I would remain nailed to thisallegiance, so much so that no amount of education, no amount of need formoney or whatever could ever make me ring true as, well, normal.Like most of us, I soon discovered that punk was about SO MUCH MOREthan just music, that it really symbolized something MUCH DEEPER thanthat. An answer. There was INFORMATION in that music, the same quality ofinformation that I find in a website or a touchdown, a way OUT of the prisonthat surrounds most lives in America. There was truth and beauty and energyand it was as if listening to this music, or even hanging out with other peopleinformed by the message of punk, well, it was like BECOMING A GOD.It is punk rock that truly made me a religious man.This is a book that follows a format of my own devising. I just felt like writing,a lot, all the time in fact. I am now in the process of figuring out just what I*MEAN* by being religious. I'm certainly no Christian, or anything worthlabeling. In fact, even the term "punk rock" has been compromised, as wewho saw Green Day when they couldn't even tune their instruments knew itsomeday would be. My friend Vic said that if he could take STOCK in a band,it would be Green Day, and, well, maybe if he could've he'd be a millionairetoo. In our own stupid way, we knew we were sort of sitting on a goldmine, aset of underground music SO SUPERIOR to the dreck of the evil corporatemusic interests that its success, and subsequent "sellout", was inevitable.