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

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  437 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
The full story of the rise and spectacular comeback of the band hailed as the saviors of punk rock and the next U2 It's 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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Todd Janko
Nov 09, 2012 Todd Janko rated it really liked it
With the recent break down of lead singer Billy Joel Armstrong, I thought I'd go back and just revisit this book for history sake. The amazing thing about Green Day, and the essence of their humble (and poor) beginnings is easily captured by author, Marc Spitz. This is a excellent flowing descriptive band that went from Gilman Street in Northern California, to get signed signed and putting out Dookie, to the break-in pint of their careers with the 1994 Woodstock mudfight.
One thing that I find so
Jun 20, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, non-fiction
Hagiography at its absolute best. I now officially love Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt even more than I already did. Marc Spitz, however, needs to get the fuck over the fact that girls like rock, and not just when it sounds "poppy." I'd give this book five stars because I legit loved almost all of it, but occasionally Spitz threw in extremely snide comments about girls coming along to Green Day shows to hang with boyfriends, and liking the band for things like "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." Has ...more
Sep 12, 2007 Ping rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Green Day fans
My boyfriend gave me this book because he knows I'm a fan of Green Day. So from a fan's perspective, this book is excellent. It covers their early beginnings, the Gilman scene, their successes, their disappointments, and finally to the "American Idiot" album. It's chock full of quotes from interviews with family, friends, fellow musicians, and the band members themselves. The book gives you an real inside look into the world of Green Day. Highly recommended for fans of them or the Network, who a ...more
Feb 01, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
My daughter had to read this for a class at school, so I started reading it. I've been sucked in and now I want to listen to a lot of the songs mentioned so I can follow what was going on. The band is pretty interesting, but the author goes off on tangents a lot and rambles about seemingly unconnected things. There is also a lot of the language that you would expect from a punk rock band. Overall, interesting, but not fabulous...
Dec 15, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: celeb-bios
Great story on the greatest rock band on the planet. As Armstrong sings, "You thought I was a write- off, you better think again".
Feb 08, 2008 Desiree rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Serious Green Day Fans
Interesting biography about Green Day (the band). Starts off when Billie Joe (lead singer) is a young boy, then he meets Mike in Jr. High. Lots of interesting detail about the underground punk scene and how quickly they rose to fame after releasing "Dookie". I wasn't too familiar with the other punk bands referenced in the book, so I was a bit lost at times. Read it b/c it was on the "Recent Adult Non-Fiction" shelf when I went in to pick up books on hold one day. Glad I didn't buy it. Would be ...more
Nathan Gramith
Sep 09, 2015 Nathan Gramith rated it really liked it
Nobody Likes You by Mark Spritz is a pure, in depth look at the famous punk rock band Green Day and their journey as a band. Naming this novel after a song off of their hit album “American Idiot”, this story starts off with the life of adolescent Billie Joe Armstrong, and his journey of meeting the other members of the band, and and their inspiring journey of going from playing in their garage to selling out stadium’s all across the world. This novel is chock-full of super in depth information a ...more
Ben Heim
Aug 13, 2015 Ben Heim rated it really liked it
Nobody Likes You by Marc Spitz, named after lyrics from a song on Green Day’s “American Idiot” album, is an insightful and in-depth look at the iconic band Green Day and the history behind them. From their earliest days as Sweet Children to their newer music, it is a fantastic read for any fan of Green Day or punk rock as a whole. Spitz not only covers the band’s progress through multiple decades, but also their impact on the musical sub-genre of punk rock, as he interviews people from the lead ...more
Iona Sinclair
Nov 12, 2012 Iona Sinclair rated it it was amazing
Everybody alive should read this book.

Okay, so some of the middle parts got a bit boring and were a little bit too much on the factual side to interest some fans (me) but this was totally made up for in the final paragraphs, which were purely about the music.

Also, the opening chapters, about Billie Joe and Mike's childhoods were really well written.

There were some really funny parts of the book too :)

Mar 22, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gorgeous-covers
Man I love this book. Not only because it's the Green Day biography, but because it's well written. And of course the actual physical book has pictures in the middle for me to ogle. :)
Dorothy Bandusky
Mar 07, 2016 Dorothy Bandusky rated it liked it
This book tells the story of the band Green Day, beginning with the individual members’ childhoods and how they got started and continuing through the success of the album “American Idiot.” Interesting and humorous anecdotes, including the inspiration behind some of the songs, give fans a deeper appreciation of the trio’s talent.

More time than I felt was necessary was spent on the punk rock scene in general; some parts seem to be present just to make the book longer as they aren’t directly about
Nick Hoffmann
Aug 17, 2015 Nick Hoffmann rated it really liked it
"Nobody Likes You" is an interesting and enjoyable book for music lovers and fans of Green Day. It follows the bands rise to success, beginning from their days as rebellious punk artists to their recent sold out shows and tours. It is inspiring to read about the dedication and love these three men had for music and how through the best and worst times they kept they're heads held high and continued to achieve their dreams. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Green D ...more
May 17, 2009 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Amazing book i didnt think green day went threw all that to get to where they are now
Gabriel Martinico
Nov 20, 2008 Gabriel Martinico rated it it was amazing
Best biography i have ever read.
Mar 01, 2016 Serena rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I read this! The author shows a real love and respect for the band, unlike some other biography writers who chose a more journalistic writing style. This book is definitely engaging and instructive, and it made me see a band I already loved from a different perspective, also adding background information on San Francisco and on what was going on at the time which helped making me understand the whole concept behind Green Day. I wish this book could just update itself to talk about t ...more
Dec 19, 2011 05blakeb rated it it was amazing
The book Nobody Likes You by Marc Spitz was a very interesting book that caught my attention quick. I am a fan of the band the book was written about (Green Day) which was what first pulled me in.The best part about the book had to be the biography style giving you all the inside information. Everything that you wanted to know was right there infront of you. I also liked that it started from the very beginning of each of the members lives. Not starting where the band started but starting when t ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Wayne rated it it was amazing
Green Day has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. Finally having an opportunity to read about how they got their start and how they managed to persevere was truly awesome. This book was an amazing read and now I'm reaffirmed in my belief that Green Day is the best band of their era!
Miss Makaveli
Feb 08, 2016 Miss Makaveli rated it it was amazing
Normally not a fan on '3rd party' biographies even on bands- but this was a very good, very informative read. Billie Joe had apparently done quiet a few interviews with the author so it almost had an autobiographical feel to the book....liked it a lot :) GREEN DAY ROCKS!
Billie Branden
Nov 12, 2015 Billie Branden rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that not only tells accurate information but managed to tell a great story that captivated me even though I already had know excessive amounts of information about the band. I even managed to learn something new about them. This book is a Green Day fan must read.
Jamison Spencer
Aug 16, 2014 Jamison Spencer rated it liked it
It was a decent read but, as someone who doesn't know very much about Green Day, I spotted a couple glaring factual errors, which makes me feel pretty dubious about all of the details I didn't know about. Also, as usual with rock bios, it didn't go nearly in depth enough into the making of the records, which is the whole reason I'm reading the book in the first place.
Feb 05, 2015 Caroline marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 29, 2016 Michael rated it it was ok
Jul 14, 2012 Molly rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It gave me lots of information about Green Day and their lives and how they got to be so big over the years. One thing the author missed and didn't put in the book was why the band named themselves Green Day. I thought that was kind of disappointing, but if you look it up online, I'm sure you can find some information on that. Other then that I thought it was one of the best books I have read. I would absolutely recommend it to any big Green Day fans like myself.
Dec 25, 2012 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I was surprised by how well-done this is. It functions, more or less by accident, as the most evenhanded and accurate primer on the pre-"Dookie" Gilman Street scene that I'd yet seen (though Boulware & Tudor's "Gimme Something Better" adds a variety of different interesting perspectives that aren't represented here), and it makes some worthwhile points about class consciousness in modern "alternative" music that I don't remember seeing anyone make in such a mass-audience context.
Brian Wilson
Aug 18, 2009 Brian Wilson rated it really liked it
A good book, quickly read. The book does a nice job of recounting the creation of the band but it feels a little premature. Shouldn't they all be dead or severely mangled and/or drugged out (or at least through re-hab a few times) before their life story is being written? Also, it's a little soon to begin waxing nostalgic about....the 90s??? On a surprising note, Billy Joe's mother is from Sperry, Oklahoma - my hometown!
Alvaro Tejada Galindo
Apr 09, 2013 Alvaro Tejada Galindo rated it it was amazing
Really good book...a must read for any Green Day fan (Up to American Idiot of course...after that...I stopped listening to new Green Day albums).

What I love about this book, is that it starts with the whole Bay Area Punk scene...Gilman Street and the legendary Operation Ivy...with comments from Jello Biafra and Tim Armstrong...

If you can read it...go will not be disappointed...
Mar 17, 2013 Olivia rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most dazzling, inspirational, and interesting books I have ever read. Any Green Day fan out there HAS to read this. I learned so much and Spitz did an EXCELLENT biography. It was emotional and I honestly felt like I was watching their whole lives form underneath their feet. Beautiful story and I can't wait to read it a second time later on.
Nov 26, 2012 Tj rated it it was ok
A Surprisingly "Inside Baseball," naritive and look at the career of now legandry punk act Greenday. Well written and researched but drags at points--especially when the author spends extensive amounts of time pointing out to the reader, the fantastic friends Greenday has had, and to remind us how much of rockstars the band in fact are.
Krusher Basta
Sep 18, 2011 Krusher Basta rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
It was a decent book. It covered the ban from the beginning to the release of the album American Idiot. I learned some things about Green Day that I didn’t know before. I would have like to read more from the actual band members themselves and less from the “insiders. I enjoyed it though, and I am sure other Green Day fans would too.
Jul 11, 2013 Avery rated it it was amazing
Love love love! I have been a longtime fan so it was great to read a decent biography. I wished there was more detail on the Gilman St. years but otherwise very detailed and accurate. So happy to have a quality biography that dosent just rattle off facts like Wikipedia. Great interviews and background. I only wish it was longer!!!
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Marc Spitz is a former senior writer at Spin magazine. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Maxim, Blender, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Nylon and the New York Post. Spitz is the co-author (with Brendan Mullen) of the 2001 LA punk oral history We Got The Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk. He has authored two novels, How Soon is Never (2003) and Too Much, Too Late (2006), as w ...more
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