Green Day: A Musical Biography

Green Day: A Musical Biography

Green Day: A Musical Biography

Green Day: A Musical Biography

Synopsis

Here is an up-to-date, thoroughly researched biography of the world's most popular pop-punk band.

• A timeline shows major events in Green Day's career and the lives of its members, and a second timeline shows every award they have won

• Includes rarely seen images of Green Day playing live before signing to a major label, as well as a never-before-published image of Billie Joe Armstrong on the 2000 Warped Tour

Excerpt

Most people experience Rodeo, California from the freeway, when the steady stream of suburban houses gives way to the towers and massive containers of an oil refinery on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Most people don’t stop: they’re either driving north toward the exclusive wineries and resorts of Napa Valley, twenty-five miles away, or south toward the countercultural outpost of Berkeley, just fifteen miles away. For Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, the founding members of Green Day, Berkeley would prove far more influential than Napa, but the first years of their lives took shape in the shadow of the refinery, in the town that, years later, inspired the song “Jesus of Suburbia.” the city is so close—Berkeley and San Francisco are both outposts of art, music, and independent thinking—but options in the suburbs are so limited. As Armstrong later said about the song, “It’s that lost feeling. Hanging out at the 7–Eleven. Disenfranchised. Alienated. You just get that feeling of ‘I’ve got to get out of here. There’s more to life than this town.’” That feeling is part of what makes their music so accessible: they know what it’s like to feel trapped in your own hometown, something many of their listeners have experienced. Rodeo might even be a little worse than the suburban wastelands where many fans grew up, given the refinery. Armstrong remembers kids at his elementary school getting sent home . . .

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