This will keep every fan interested & give even the most hardcore fan information they didn't know!
May 20, 2009
I am not a very avid reader, I don't read much at all. As a matter of fact, the only two books I've started in the past two-and-a-half years and actually finished are this book, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The reason I don't read is not simply because I don't like to, but because I don't like reading the filler content that makes up the rest of the story. I do read several short stories online and in print, but not very often. With that said, why would I ever choose this book and not something more catchy or popular? Simple, Green Day is now, always has been, and forever will be my favorite band.
Although Green Day is my favorite band, I did not finish reading this book simply for that sole reason. As a matter of fact, like most other books, it still would have lost my interest shortly after I began reading. So, why finish this and not Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings? Those books are very well written, don't get me wrong, but they're lacking one important thing, a genre and style that I am actually interested in. That, combined with the fact that Marc Spitz puts the stories into words that make the most simple Green Day related event sound so much more detailed and vivid than I've ever heard them.
Marc Spitz does an amazing job with this book being able to tell the stories with both large words and small words without making the book unreadable or younger readers feel unintelligent. Even when the more difficult words are undecipherable to the average person the content is still readable because he makes it possible to overlook that fact by using smaller words to surround the larger ones.
The things that he found, the dirt he dug up, and the stories directly from the band themselves that make up this book are all extremely interesting. Even when I read through fact and stories I had already read or heard, I felt like I was reading them for the very first time. His imaginative take on Green Day's stories and colorful commentary on things that other people had told him while researching this book are simply amazing.
There are tales varying from their very first shows at 924 Gilman St. (a venue near where they grew up in Northern, California), to playing in front of 65,000 people in massive arenas such as the Milton Keynes Bowl in England. It has funny tales, sad tales, happy tales, mad tales, scary tales, beautiful tales, and tales that are downright weird. Accompanying the literary works of Marc Spitz, there is an absolutely gorgeous sixteen page picture spread. No matter how much you think you know about Green Day, you'll learn at least a thing or two after reading this book. And no matter how you feel about them going into the book, you'll most definitely have at least a slightly different opinion afterward. At either rate, whether you like them, love them, or are completely indifferent to them, this is a great read with a lot of great information.
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Tom West (TomyeWest)
May 19, 2009
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A book by former senior writer of Spin Magazine, Marc Spitz. This epic biography will leave you breathless and flabbergasted. It will keep both the hardcore fans as well as the occasional listener reading all the way from cover to cover.