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The Other F Word: From Punk Rocker to Father

This revealing and touching film asks what happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society’s ultimate authorities — dads.

As a new dad and as someone whose soundtrack to their adolescence consisted of Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Shower with Goats, etc., this is a documentary — The Other F Word — I’d like to see. Sure, I’m 30-years-old now. I don’t look wild, dress wild, act wild, or bang away on my bass guitar loud in an attempt to master the “Maxwell Murder” bass solo from Rancid’s third album anymore, but I but I am a dad and gosh darn it, I’m still a punk rocker at heart and in head. Safety pins, I’ve learned, actually serve a purpose now.

Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) on punk rock:

“Maybe punk rock wasn’t supposed to grow up… but it did.”

Flea (RHCP) on parenthood:

“It’s funny how you always hear people saying that classic parent attitude of, ‘I brought you into this word, I gave you life!’ You know, it’s just, I think, completely the opposite. My kids gave me life. They gave me a reason.”

Andrew Barker of Variety describes The Other F Word as,

“A raucous, eye-opening, sad and unexpectedly wise look at veteran punk rockers [Brett Gurewitz, Ron Reyes, Lars Frederiksen] as they adapt to the challenges of fatherhood.”


  • Tony Adolescent
  • Art Alexakis
  • Rob Chaos
  • Joe Escalante
  • Josh Freese
  • Fat Mike
  • Flea
  • Lars Frederiksen
  • Matt Freeman
  • Jack Grisham
  • Brett Gurewitz
  • Tony Hawk
  • Greg Hetson
  • Mark Hoppus
  • Jim Lindberg
  • Mike McDermott
  • Tim McIlrath
  • Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Duane Peters
  • Joe Sib
  • Ron Reyes
  • Rick Thorne

With music by The Adolescents, Bad Religion, Black Flag, Bouncing Souls, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Fear, Rancid, US Bombs, and more.

I don’t consider myself a former punk rocker either because that would imply that I’ve moved on from punk rock, and I haven’t. I never thought of punk rock as just music. To me, it’s an ethos; it is a way of life and a way of thinking more so than it ever was about music; and that still runs through my veins though the blood has slowed quite a bit.