Five People Who Have Helped Shape My Identity

So,

I haven’t simply blogged lately so this one’s as much for me as for the rest of you.

I’ve been thinking a lot about where I am, where I’ve been and “how far” I’ve made it in life. I’m 30 now and I don’t want to buy seasons tickets, fancy beer or a larger-than-large television to define my existence.

So I’ve been thinking and googling past heroes of mine to see what they were up to. Some are still active, some are not… most of them have done great deeds regardless of what they’re still doing now.

These five guys have been the core influence in my life, the biggest influence on my ideals of morality and intellect and here they are:

1-Russ Rankin

I’ve discovered Good Riddance by randomly buying punk albums when I was a teenager and boy did I land on something good.

Russ was a positive influence in my life, through his lyrics and how ‘nice’ he was on stage or in interviews. He’s the reason I turned vegetarian in the first place with the song “waste”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbuI9AMMUx8

2- Greg Graffin

The (often overly) intellectual lyrics of Bad Religion have been a basis for most of my work in political science when I was in College. Greg Graffin proved to me that you can be smart and be punk. I discovered them with “Stranger than fiction” and well, I’ve decided to post that song as well here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCnKG8ug4Ow

3- Toby Morse

I had a lowpoint in my life, I think I was seventeen at the time. I was depressed and often thought about suicide. One day my dad just gave me twenty bucks and said “go have fun or something, alright.” I took that twenty and headed to the used CD store I liked best. I rea rummaging through the punk section and there were two albums I wanted. The first one was Millencolin’s For Monkeys and the second one was H2O’s FTTW. Although I picked the Millencolin album and it had a huge, positive impact on me, a week later or so, I went and picked up the H2o album and I was hooked ever since.

I picked “Helpless not hopeless” for you to listen to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-K0JNNOiwU

4-Daryl Taberski

I discovered Snapcase with “Designs for automotion” – I quickly discovered “progression through unlearning’ as well and that’s pretty much what I did. I spent the next 18 months questioning everything I was doing or everything I believed in in order to re-validate or invalidate what it meant to me, why I was doing it or not. It was a hard time in my live, but it was incredibly liberating. I also credit Taberski for inspiring me to live more fully.

Here’s Energy Dome

5- Ian Mackaye

So, most of those guys I like were Straight Edge and I didn’t even know what straight edge was back then. There was no such thing as wikipedia and only some obscures websites were talking about Straight Edge or so. I ordered the Minor Threat complete discography and read the lyrics. They also had this VHS documentary at one music store I liked and I picked it up (Yes, I said pre-wikipedia and VHS in one sentence) I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the music (even Fugazi – I’m sorry Ian) even if I really appreciate the man for his spirits, attitude, intellect and overall life.

Here’s “Minor threat”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaOzbsv2ZB0

thanks for reading

have fun

Ian

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