Brian Baker (musician)

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Brian Baker
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Baker performing with Bad Religion live in Englishtown, New Jersey at the 2007 Warped Tour.
Background information
Born (1965-02-25) February 25, 1965 (age 49)
Genres Hardcore punk, punk rock
Occupations Guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels Dischord, Epitaph, Atlantic
Associated acts Minor Threat, Samhain, Dag Nasty, The Meatmen, Bad Religion, Government Issue, Junkyard
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Precision Bass

Brian Baker (born February 25, 1965) is an American punk rock musician. He is best known as one of the founding members of the hardcore punk band Minor Threat, and as a guitarist in Bad Religion since 1994 alongside Greg Hetson and Brett Gurewitz. In Minor Threat, he originally played bass guitar before switching to guitar in 1982 when Steve Hansgen joined the band, and then moved back to bass after Hansgen's departure. He also founded Dag Nasty in 1985, was part of the original line-up of Samhain, and has had stints in Doggy Style, The Meatmen (with fellow Minor Threat member Lyle Preslar), Government Issue, and Junkyard (a hard rock band).

In 1994 Baker was offered a spot with R.E.M. but declined, opting instead to accept a position in Bad Religion as Brett Gurewitz's replacement.[1] He has also experimented with a more pop direction influenced by U2, with a band called 400. Baker briefly toured with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes in 2005 and appeared on Canadian punk band Penelope's second album (Face au silence du monde).

Discography[edit]

Bad Religion[edit]

Doggy Style[edit]

  • The Last Laugh (1986)

Dag Nasty[edit]

The Meatmen[edit]

Minor Threat[edit]

Junkyard[edit]

  • Junkyard (1989)
  • Sixes, Sevens & Nines (1991)
  • Shut Up – We're Trying To Practice! (2000)
  • Tried and True (2003)

Further reading[edit]

  • Azerrad, Michael (2001). Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-78753-1. 
  • Blush, Steven (2001). Petros, George, ed. American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Feral House. ISBN 978-0-922915-71-2. 
  • Cogan, Brian (2008). The Encyclopedia of Punk. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-5960-4. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited. p. 46. ISBN 0958268401. 

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