Born to Rock is more than a collection of writings by longtime punk rock journalist Todd Taylor. It’s an honest look into the depths of this often-misrepresented subculture. Taylor goes beyond the violence and the fashion and he exposes punk’s longstanding political and philosophical traditions. Through a series of well-researched interviews, Born to Rock covers everything from a junky skateboarder’s death wish to a hardcore clinical psychologist’s vision of a better world. In between, there is censorship, children’s rights, art, photography, and a lot of drunken, good times. Ultimately, this book is like the music itself: funny, sad, fast, angry, smart, and redemptive in its own way.