Q&A: Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz on punk-rock ethos and meeting Elton John

Southern California punk heroes Bad Religion have long matched the ferociousness of their riffs with lyrical profundity. On their sixteenth album, True North, out tomorrow, the band steamrolls through 16 songs in an economical 35 minutes and covers such topics as materialism ("Robin Hood in Reverse," "Land of Endless Greed") and painful memories ("Past Is Dead," "My Head Is Full of Ghosts"). Clearly, these are meaningful topics to guitarist-songwriter Brett Gurewitz and frontman Greg Graffin.

Rolling Stone joined Gurewitz at his home in Pasadena, California, to discuss the new album and its surprising influences, the Occupy movement and why the punk-rock ethos was "a moment in time."

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