I have been a fan of the band Bad Religion for over 20 years and couldn’t wait to dive into this book, written by lead singer Greg Graffin. After seeing them in concert for the first time in high school and being the typical rebellious teenager, I couldn’t wait to wear my new concert t-shirt to school that said Fuck Religion on it. I was really going to make a statement right? Well, not if my mom had anything to do with it. She quickly whipped out a Sharpie marker and insisted on filling in the lines on the “F” so the shirt said “luck” Religion before I made my way out the door. It’s a memory I will forever cherish. Here I sit, all these years later, still a little rebel with a fire inside of me to question everything and continue to learn and challenge myself. I am only halfway through the book but have loved every minute of it. Greg Graffin you are one smart dude. Thank you for continuing to open my mind to new ideas.
In POPULATION WARS: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence (Thomas Dunne Books; September 15, 2015; $27.99), Greg Graffin, lead singer of Bad Religion and author of Anarchy Evolution, offers a fresh argument on the biological roots of competition. A paradigm- shifting book about why humans behave the way they do and the ancient history that explains that behavior, Graffin argues that we need to rethink the reasons for war, not only the human military kind, but also Darwin’s ‘war of nature,’ and find hope for a less violent future for mankind.
GREG GRAFFIN is the lead singer and a songwriter in Bad Religion. He obtained his PhD in zoology at Cornell University, and has lectured at UCLA and Cornell. He is the coauthor of Anarchy Evolution, with Steve Olson. He travels regularly between the cities he considers home, Ithaca, New York, and Los Angeles, California.
To mark the release of “POPULATION WARS,” Graffin will embark on a series of special live appearances. These unique events will offer an unprecedented perspective into the longstanding relationship between Graffin’s academic and musical spheres, examining the correlation between song lyrics and topics expressed in his new book. The events will feature some live acoustic performances of songs related to the book interspersed with spoken word and followed with a question and answer segment. These are the last remaining dates:
Wed 9/23/15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Fri 9/25/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg
Sun 9/27/15 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation