Green Day: American Idiots & the New Punk Explosion

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Disinformation, 2006 - Music - 223 pages
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The Green Day story is very blunt: three school friends grow up together in a cluster of small blue-collar Californian towns, form a band … and sell over 50 million albums. Except it wasn’t that simple. Self-confessed latch-key kids, theirs was far from an easy ride.

Inspired by both the energy of British punk bands like the Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks and cult American bands such as Dead Kennedys and Husker Du, Green Day formed in 1989. The band gigged relentlessly across the US, quickly selling out every underground club that booked them, and their 1994 major label debutDookiewas a 10-million-selling worldwide hit album that seized the zeitgeist while rock music was still reeling from the death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. They toured the world, headlined all the big festivals, won countless awards and released multi-million selling albums.

In 2004 Green Day reached a career pinnacle with the concept albumAmerican Idiot, a sophisticated commentary on modern life—not least dissatisfaction with their president and America’s continued cultural and economic imperialism. The No. 1 success of the Grammy-winning album extended Green Day's fan base even further—from pre-teen kids to previously skeptical critics.

This book is the world’s first full biography on Green Day. An authority on punk and hardcore, author Ben Myers charts the band members’ difficult childhoods, the context of the band within the US and world punk scene and their glittering rise to success. Myers has also interviewed the band for various magazines at different stages of their career.

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About the author (2006)

Ben Myers is a highly respected music journalist and currently features editor at Kerrang! magazine. Since he was a teenager, he has travelled the world from California to Croatia writing about music, surviving death threats, mosh-pits and nearly shooting Ozzy Osbourne along the way. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Q, Uncut and Careless Talk Costs Lives.

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