Welcome to Day #7 of the Die Young With Me Blog Tour!To celebrate the release of Die Young With Me by Rob Rufus (9/20/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Rob and 10 chances to win a copy of Die Young With Me, as well as two chances to win a Punk Rock Prize Pack in the Grand Prize Giveaway!
Punk’s not dead in rural West Virginia. In fact, it blares constantly from the basement of Rob and Nat Rufus—identical twin brothers with spiked hair, black leather jackets, and the most kick-ass record collection in Appalachia. To them, school (and pretty much everything else) sucks. But what can you expect when you’re the only punks in town?
When the brothers start their own band, their lives begin to change: they meet friends, they attract girls, and they finally get invited to join a national tour and get out of their rat box little town.
But their plans are cut short when Rob is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has already progressed to Stage Four. Not only are his dreams of punk rock stardom completely shredded, there is a very real threat that this is one battle that can’t be won.
While Rob suffers through nightmarish treatments and debilitating surgery, Nat continues on their band’s road to success alone. But as Rob’s life diverges from his brother’s, he learns to find strength within himself and through his music. Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.
About the Author: Rob Rufus is a musician and writer living in Nashville. His band, Blacklist Royals, has released two full-length albums and played in sixteen countries over the past five years. Rob has written articles for Modern Drummer, Amp Magazine, Digital Tour Bus, and many music sites. Rob also works closely with the cancer community, including the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Stupid Cancer Podcast (the largest advocacy/support organization worldwide for teens with cancer), and Make-A-Wish Foundation. You can find him online at robrufus.net, on Twitter @rob_rufus, and Instagram @dieyoungwithme_official.
Punk, Death, and Strong Langue await the reader of this story. It was def. for older teens and will open your eyes to the ways that Cancer destroys not only the person who has it, but also those around them. From friends and family to more. This is a heart wrenching novel that everyone should read.
5 Best Punk Rock Songs About Literature by Rob Rufus
As an author who writes about punk rock bands, does interviews in Misfits t-shirts, and swears like a sailor in a Quentin Tarantino flick, I am somewhat of an oddity in the literary world. Literature, however, is not an oddity in the world of punk rock music. We may like to get drunk, thrash around, throw up our middle fingers and piss people off – but there are also a lot of big ideas floating around the scene. A lot of radical ideas – and that is where literature comes in. Literature’s power to push subversive ideas has always far surpassed any other art form, including music.
So below are five punk rock songs inspired by literature. Give them a listen! No tattoos or mohawks necessary.
Good Riddance, “More DePalma, Less Fellini” – This song references the Bukowski Poem “Here I Am,” about staying up all night writing something meaningful, while you’re actually a complete wreck. What musician/author can’t relate to that?
Bad Religion, “Stranger Than Fiction” – Bad Religion has always been thought of as the smartest band in punk rock. If you’re looking for eight-syllable words, this is your band. “Stranger Than Fiction” references all sorts of literary figures, from Hemingway to Kerouac to Thomas Wolfe. It also features the amazing lyric – “life is the crummiest book I’ve ever read.”
NOFX, “Franco Un American” – This is a great song about the bliss of ignorance, and the annoying responsibility of awareness. “I never looked around, never second-guessed/then I read some Howard Zinn, now I’m always depressed/and now I can’t sleep from years of apathy, all because I read a little Noam Chomsky…”
Ramones, “Pet Sematary” – This is one of my favorite Ramones songs, about one of my favorite Stephen King books, Pet Sematary. It’s a must for any Halloween mix, and as close as the Ramones ever came to broaching philosophy – “I don’t wanna be buried in a Pet Sematary/I don’t want to live my life again…”
The Lawrence Arms, “Are You There Margaret? It’s me, God.” – I just think this title is fucking amazing. There is nothing that makes me happier than a snotty punk rock band referencing a Judy Blume novel. She’d be so…um…proud-ish?
Stop by Book Briefs tomorrow for the next stop on the tour!
Stop by Book Briefs tomorrow for the next stop on the tour!
Blog Tour Schedule:
September 19th - Mundie Moms
September 20th – BookHounds
September 21st – PageTurners
September 22nd – The Ravenous Reader
September 23rd – A Dream Within a Dream
September 26th – Positively Book Crazy
September 27th – Crossroad Reviews
September 28th – Book Briefs
September 29th – Addicted 2 Novels
September 30th – Once Upon A Twilight
- Two (2) winners will receive a Punk Rock Prize Pack featuring a finished copy of Die Young With Me, an exclusive poster, a mix tape (ft. an excerpt of the book), Die Young With Me switchback comb (not pictured), and Rob Rufus punk rock vinyls
- Enter via the rafflecopter below
- US Only
- Ends 10/2 at midnight ET
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