Saturday, March 5, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Likes You
Author: Marc Spitz
Release Date: February 2011
The definitive biography of Green Day - one of the most popular rock bands in the world.
In 1994 punk rock trio Green Day were on top of the world with DOOKIE, their massive hit album. They were loud, fast, bratty, pissed off, hopeless, truthful, drunk, maybe high, and somehow, absolutely massive. It was glorious.
But by 2004, the hoopla seemed to be over. The band were still respected by up-and-coming bands, but their album sales were down. And then, in October 04, came a new album, AMERICAN IDIOT. A furious and impassioned reaction against American politics - and in particular George W. Bush - AMERICAN IDIOT spoke directly to millions of people around the globe. Once again Green Day were reaching legions of disaffected teenagers as well as millions of older fans.
Few bands achieve Green Day's early success, and even fewer come back for an even more explosive second act. Highly respected rock journalist Marc Spitz has interviewed the band many times, and has won their respect. His book will be the definitive history of the band, charting their transformation from snotty-nosed mall rats into the ultimate punk rock protest band - The Clash for the 21st century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marc Spitz is Senior Writer for SPIN magazine. He is also a respected playwright and novelist. He has interviewed Green Day many times as well as other modern music icons, including The Strokes, Nine Inch Nails, and Morrissey
Nobody Likes you is a very short read about the humble beginnings of the popular band Green Day. The story mainly revolves around Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer’s life and how he came from a large family in blue collar town and slowly rose to fame and success with the punk band he formed with two friends. Spitz also describes the music industry and urban surroundings that helped mould Green Day in their formative years.
It was quite interesting how the book covered the run of the bands career as they rose from well-known punks to household names to stardom, playing Lollapalooza and Woodstock 1994. And Spitz didn't shy away from the weirdness that happened after that either, when it seemed as though Green Day was fading out, only to come back to stardom with American Idiot.
Nobody likes you is a must have book for any Green Day fan.