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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bad Religion's Greg Graffin

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2017 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Greg Graffin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I like compilations by prolific artists who are long since dead," says Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, "because I think of myself as a prolific artist, and not everything is that great." Before his recent book signing at Amoeba Hollywood Graffin picked up the Hank Williams compilation The Complete Singles As & Bs 1947-55. "But Hank Williams is a great singer/songwriter, in the tradition that I consider myself...so you have to know some of his important body of work." Believe it or not Graffin actually chose this 4-CD set over another Williams set on account of its brevity. The other set, The Complete Mother's Best Collection, contains 15 discs, which Graffin says "is too many songs to listen to."

Besides being the lead vocalist and songwriter of the legendary American punk band Bad Religion, Greg Graffin is also an author and a UCLA and Cornell-trained academic who has taught courses in evolution, paleontology, and life sciences. He has written several books, including Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God and Population Wars.

Greeg Graffin MillportGraffin and friends founded Bad Religion in 1979, while they were still in high school. Their debut studio LP, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, arrived in 1982, but their turning point as a band came in 1988, with the release of their third LP, Suffer. The album is considered to be one of the greatest punk albums of all time. Bad Religion have steadily released albums since their inception and despite several lineup changes; their most recent release is 2013's True North. Graffin released his first solo LP in 1997, American Lesion. His latest solo album, Millport, landed on March 10, 2017 via ANTI-.

"Now you might wonder, 'why are you buying your favorite albums again?" Graffin says as he pulls out Stephen Stills' Manassas. "I have multiple copies of albums like this that I always misplace, or that I've burned onto one system, and then lost the CD," he explains. Another all-time favorite of his is The Watson Family, a recording of the legendary country guitar picker Doc Watson and is his family singing old-time American folk music in their living room. "If you can find any of these Smithsonian recordings, buy them," he says.

But which Taschen coffee table book turned out to be a good gift for Greg Graffin's wife? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Greg Graffin - What's In My Bag?
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