To celebrate the release of Die Young With Me by Rob Rufus (9/20/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Rob and 10 chances to win a copy of Die Young With Me, as well as two chances to win a Punk Rock Prize Pack in the Grand Prize Giveaway!
by Rob Rufus
When this concept was suggested to me, I have to admit it freaked me out. My stomach clenched up instantly. I don’t know why…I just wrote an entire book about being a teenager! Why, all of a sudden, did a blog post make me panic?
I guess I just didn’t have anything revelatory to say to that young, lonely, chubby kid who used to hide in his basement and listen to music all day. I didn’t have any real advice, any next level shit that woulda blown his mind…until, of course, I did. Because what really would have blown my mind as a teenager, was for someone to tell me:
Dear Teenage Rob,
You were right, dude. You’ve been fucking right all along! You’re right not to listen to your teachers, and to ignore what the other kids want out of life. You’re right to place your faith, and your fate, in rock-n-roll music alone.
So don’t let it stress you out. Success will come and go, and it’s even more fleeting that you can imagine, kid. So have fun with it.
Don’t let your small town bring you down, because you won’t be there long. You’ll get to travel. You’ll get to meet the most amazing people and see the most awesome things. You’ll meet girls, incredible girls, and some of them will even talk to you! I know it’s hard to believe, trust me, but it’s true.
It isn’t going to be easy. You’re gonna experience pain and adversity like you never coulda imagined – but you’re tougher than you think, man. You’re tougher than any of these assholes think. So remember to keep your eyes on the prize. Remember to say, “Fuck it,” and mean it. And through it all, find peace in the fact that you had it right. Music is your getaway car, and your escape plans are solid. So try your best to enjoy the ride, even when the road gets rough.
It’s a hell of a ride, for sure.
Love, jaded old man Rob
In the tradition of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes the incredibly moving 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. Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.
About the Author: Rob Rufus is a musician and writer living in Nashville. His band, Blacklist Royals, has released two full-length albums and played in sixteen countries over the past five years. Rob has written articles for Modern Drummer, Amp Magazine, Digital Tour Bus, and many music sites. Rob also works closely with the cancer community, including the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Stupid Cancer Podcast (the largest advocacy/support organization worldwide for teens with cancer), and Make-A-Wish Foundation. You can find him online at robrufus.net, on Twitter @rob_rufus, and Instagram @dieyoungwithme_official.
- Two (2) winners will receive a Punk Rock Prize Pack featuring a finished copy of Die Young With Me, an exclusive poster, a mix tape (ft. an excerpt of the book), Die Young With Me switchback comb (not pictured), and Rob Rufus punk rock vinyls
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