Punk monk compares music culture with Zen Buddhism

Who knew Buddhism was so punk? Ex-bassist of the ’80s hardcore punk band Zero Defex Brad Warner writes of his journey from clueless college student to ordained Buddhist priest in Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality. Warner explains the basics of Zen Buddhism along the way by drawing parallels to punk music and culture and his fascination with bad Japanese monster films. Some fundamentals of Buddhism and punk are not so different: The last thing Buddha told his followers before he died was this: “Question authority.” Actually, if you look it up, you might see … Continue reading Punk monk compares music culture with Zen Buddhism

Playlist: Happy 50th Birthday, Ian MacKaye!

Ian MacKaye turned 50 today, marking 31 years since he was a Guilty of Being White 19-year-old. MacKaye grew up in Washington, D.C., where bands like Bad Brains and Black Flag were based. D.C. was an oasis of hardcore punk in the late ’70s/early ’80s, considering many of the influential bands, like the Minutemen, formed on the West Coast. He was childhood friends with Henry Rollins, who eventually joined Black Flag and turned 51 years old in February. Although MacKaye coined the term “straight edge” in the Minor Threat song its named for, don’t blame him for the XXX tattoos or Google filling … Continue reading Playlist: Happy 50th Birthday, Ian MacKaye!