Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day

Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day
The full story of the rise and spectacular comeback of the band hailed as the saviors of punk rock

Its hard to believe that in early 2004 Green Day was considered over--the band was still together, but they were dismissed as a strictly 90s phenomenon, incapable of re-creating the success of their groundbreaking album Dookie. Then American Idiot debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, stayed on the charts for nearly 18 months, and went on to sell more than four million records and to win Record of the Year (for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams") at this year's Grammys.

Combining unique access to Green Day with a seasoned journalists nose for a great story, Marc Spitz gives the complete account of the band, from their earliest days to their most recent explosion of popularity and critical acclaim. Foremost, Nobody Likes You is a story of friendship and the transporting power of playing very loud music. It is the story of how high school dropout Billie Joe Armstrong came to write song lyrics that inflamed the political conscience of fans in a way that two Yale graduates couldn't. Green Days story--from rise, to fall, to rise again--has never before been fully told.

Details Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day

Title Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day
AuthorMarc Spitz
Release Date13th Nov 2007
PublisherHachette Books
Pages224 pages

8 reviews on “Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day

  1. Jamie

    my love for green day is forever, and I know all there is to know about everything concerning green day. when i heard about this new novel about green day, I snatched it up the moment it came out in stores. I spent my evening reading this engrossing novel, and was shocked to find many candid interviews that made me cry with joy! Those who like Green Day and would like to take a peek into their lives, fame, and stress, will absolutely without a doubt eat this novel up. It isnt boring, and very insightful. I recommend it greatly….

  2. D. C. Ellsworth

    While the career of Green Day is not lengthy compared to many rock lengends, I found “Nobody Likes You” to be a cohesive and thorough account of their lives and careers to date. Marc Spitz has again successfully delved into the economic background and times that shaped these young men into one of the best punk rock bands of modern times….

  3. Luis S.

    This book lack of details and its pure focus on the gilman street scene for almost half the book should be noted. The book fastforwarded everything that happened there after, including details about each album. After I read Spitz biography about Bowie I was just expecting more….

  4. Grdyfn

    I love Nobody Likes You!!! The way I read this fantastic book was almost like I was consuming every word, I might have even swallowed some quotes! The way the author describes and introduces Green Day in the book always puts me in awe! Plus, the book is dedicated “To suburban punks everywhere”, which is completely appropriate and meaningful for a Green Day book. I love to re-read it; it never gets old. Buying Nobody Likes You was a great investment and I would never regret buying it, and neither should you!!!!…

  5. Steve King

    Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of Green Day takes readers on a world tour of Green Day from the early lives of Billie, Mike and Tre through the release of the American Idiot album. The biography covers every major Green Day release, taking readers into the studio and on tour with the band through their roller coaster of a career. From humble beginnings in blue collar families to multi-platinum success to political activism, Nobody Likes You has just about everything a Green Day fan could desire and is a solid look at pop-punk culture.If I have any criticism about Nobody Likes You, it’s that the book focused a bit too much on the early years of Green Day (the Gilman Street years, prior to the release of Dookie). While I understand the bay area’s role in punk rock, perhaps a few too many pages were dedicated to this time period. I’ll admit my introduction to Green Day came at the same time as many others, with the release of Dookie and while I found the part…

  6. Brittany Frye

    Great book a amazing story for those who do not know about green day’s past thought i wish it would have had more mike and tre it was very in depth about billie joe. I recommend highly…

  7. Paola

    This book is about Green Day’s history. It is perfect for Green Day fans, although it needs to be updated, because it only talks about when Green Day started up to American Idiot….

  8. Edson Marquezani Filho

    The book is worth a read but its content is somehow superficial or incomplete, depending on the reader’s expectation. Since it doesn’t have any official suport from the band or most closely related people, I think it couldn’t be much better, anyway. There’s almost no proper interviews with band members, except for reproductions from magazines (mostly Spin).On the other hand, the most relevant part of the book are focused on the early years of the band members in Bay Area, and the history about the context of their life before commercial success is quite comprehensive. I found it interesting because, as a group, that social and cultural scenario was what really defined them and their music. From people related to that period comes the most revelant and interesting interviews as well.From the Dookie worldwide explosion onwards, chapters sound almost like fillers.The text itself is very easy-reading, even for a non-English speaker like me.Well, whilst it is probably one of the best option…

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