Good Riddance to destructive habits: The sobriety journey of punk provocateur Russ Rankin

Courtesy of Lindsey McGuire | Lindsey Lu Photography
Courtesy of Lindsey McGuire | Lindsey Lu Photography

By Steve Wildsmith | May 18, 2020

It’s not surprising that Russ Rankin got clean and sober — after all, a lot of his peers found that doing so was a lot more preferable than the alternative, he told The Ties That Bind Us recently.

“As time goes on, people who are kind of from my generation of punk rock either sobered up, or they died,” Rankin, the frontman for the West Coast punk outfit Good Riddance (along with a handful of other projects), said. “There are actually a lot of people I know in and around bands of varying sizes who are in recovery, because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be with us.

“I remember going on Warped Tour, and we started a (recovery) group on the tour. It turned out there were a ton of us in recovery, and to deal with the stresses of an eight-week festival tour, we would find a spot and all agree to meet there an hour after the last band was done. It turned out to be band members, roadies, crew members, even some fans who found us, and it was really cool.

“And over the years, I’ve discovered there are a lot more of us than I would have thought who are doing the deal, but are also massively involved in living the punk rock lifestyle,” Rankin added.

Read the full article on The Ties That Bind Us

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