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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The full story of the rise and spectacular comeback of the band hailed as the saviors of punk rock.

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 #1 on the Bi
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Ashley Marie
3.5 because I love this band.

If this were a book about anyone or anything else, it probably would've gotten 2 stars instead because the author pissed me off. He came off as really condescending and misogynistic and I'm not here for that. Gonna go find a better Green Day book. In the meantime, gonna acquaint myself with their musical backlog -- I've listened to their older major-label albums (not for a long damn time, but I have) but I've never heard any of their Lookout-era stuff. So, as with Fa
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Emily
Jun 20, 2011 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
Todd Janko
Nov 09, 2012 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
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Ping
Jun 20, 2007 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
Julie
Feb 01, 2010 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...
Iona Sinclair
Nov 10, 2012 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 :)

Gabriel Martinico
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Best biography i have ever read.
Barbara
Dec 15, 2010 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".
Niklas Braun
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a surprisingly thorough overview of Green Day as a whole... until 2006. Because that's when it was written. I'd surely read an updated version by Marc Spitz if it came out.
Desiree
Feb 01, 2008 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
Caitlin Hart
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a really interesting overview of Green Day's rise to fame, their roots, and what made them a success. It doesn't read like a book so much as a magazine article. I was also so stoked to find out that Kathleen Hanna was the female vocalist on American Idiot.
Amy
Feb 27, 2011 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. :)
Ashley
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book i didnt think green day went threw all that to get to where they are now
Shannon
Feeling like I wanted to know more about one of my favourite bands of all time, I picked up this book after seeing Green Day for the first ever time live. And while I certainly gained more insight into the backstory of the band, the biggest problem I find with this book is that it's not told by the band themselves, nor are they involved at all (i.e. through in depth interviews or anything) - which hey, I get it, they didn't want to and that's not the author's fault, but as a result I found it to ...more
Peter O'Connor
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always found it easy and tempting to dismiss Greenday as punk light and therefore somehow insincere. It wasn't until years later when reviewing a greatest hits package (International Supervideos) that I realised how wrong I had been. Sure they were a fave of sugared-up pre-teen boys the world over for a while there but, at the same time, they really rocked and now only the most bitter and idealistic punk wanker would deny that they have a great set of songs. As expected, 'Nobody Likes You' is ...more
Dominic Hammer
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a huge long time Green Day fan, i really enjoyed this book. It had so much interesting information about the history of Green Day and punk rock as a whole. I learned so much about the the rise, the fall, and the once again triumphant rise of Green day, as well as the band's humble beginnings. I also enjoyed the references to some of my other favorite bands like Blink-182, the Offspring, and the Clash. However, it has it's faults. The book sometimes rambles on too long and I often found myself ...more
Crystal Naomi Crosby
This was a more personal read for me. I picked this particular of the few different books available specifically because of the negative reviews I read on Amazon. There were complaints that the bulk of the book focuses on the early years of Northen California punk culture. Well, that’s what I wanted. The other really wonderful part are the quotes from well known artists and even family members.
The Rudie Librarian (Brian)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As one of those kids who fell in love with this band back in the days of Dookie, it was endlessly fascinating to hear more of the story of where this band came from and how they became what we know. The book was a little uneven in that a vast majority of it is up to and including Dookie and the. Seems to rush through everything up to American Idiot, but still great.
Cat
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the suburbs, to shows in SF, and into mainstream American culture and recognition, Spitz writes an incredible portrait of a band known to any kid growing up in the US at the turn of the millennium.

Read in high school and remains one of my favourite music biographies to date.
Borrowed from Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library.
milou  ☕️
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-reads
There is a reason that Green Day is my favorite band
Lauren
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, bio-autobio
Bio of the band?
Hm. I enjoyed it -- and a good kick off to "Libraries Rock" summer reading program.
Of course now I can't stop listening to the Broadway cast of American Idiot.
Abbey
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite Green Day book I've read, and I've read a few. It has really interesting stories I had never read before, and a good amount of information from their families, you really get an insight to their lives and get really inspired.
erin
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-2020
this was fine. definitely written by a journalist, it reads like one long magazine interview. green day as a band don't have the most interesting story but it was interesting to read about the bay area scene and about where all these pop-punk tropes have developed from. it's just white dudes idolizing or criticizing other white dudes, but at least it's self-aware. you're not going to get much out of it if you're not a green day fan - it was just fine.
Easton Adams
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This Book is a Biography so I wouldn't think it had a plot but it was not my favorite. It swore to much and the content was a little high, and I would never read it again.

In this book it explains how Green Day became a Band. It all started in 1986 when there bassist Mike Dirnt rented out the extra room in the bands lead guitar and vocals home, Billie Joe Armstrong. They formed the punk rock band with drummer John Kiffmeyer, but then was replaced by Tre Cool in 1990 when they finised they're fir
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Nathan Gramith
Sep 09, 2015 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
05blakeb
Oct 07, 2011 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
Ben Heim
Aug 13, 2015 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
Nick Hoffmann
Aug 17, 2015 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
Serena
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Brian Wilson
Aug 18, 2009 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!
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Marc Spitz was 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 ...more

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