On Being Punk - Booktube Interview with Rob Rufus

Die Young with Me was one of my top 10 books of 2016. It's the true story of being a punk rocker and surviving cancer through music. Needless to say, Rob Rufus is punk as fuck. I've been dying to meet him since I read his story last year and was thrilled to not only interview him but also check out his current music project, The Bad Signs.


Check out The Bad Signs, Rob's current project.

by Rob Rufus
Published: October 1 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The true story of a teenager diagnosed with cancer and how music was the one thing that helped him get through his darkest days.

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.


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