Green Day – Nobody Likes You by Marc Spitz

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Nobody Likes You (Book) by Marc Spitz - Hypherion Books

Nobody Likes You is, in short, an quick look at the ups and downs of Bay Area’s punk trio, Green Day. But in a way it’s more than that too. Spitz takes you from their formation as Sweet Children all the way to the release of their recent best seller, American Idiot through the eyes of the trio and friends who were around with them.

It’s the story of a high school drop out finding peace at 924 Gilman Street. It’s about him finding friends, smoking pot and forming a band to play at 924 Gilman. It’s about them recording some CDs, signing to a major, getting kicked out of 924 Gilman and moving into arenas only to fall back into the smaller venues later in their career. It’s an in depth look at the ups of the band, and sadly, just a small glimpse at the lower points of their career as Spitz recounts the events through a collection of interviews with the likes of family members, Jello Biafra, Rob Cavallo, Jason Livermore, Fat Mike, Jesse Michaels, Tim Armstrong and my favorite appearance: Aubin Paul.

But at the same time that Spitz shines with his studies, he also hits a few blunders as well. Considering the fact that the book is about Green Day, the band themselves have a relatively small amount of quotes attributed to them. Hell, I don’t remember him quoting Tre Cool or Mike Dirnt once all book, instead just quotes from front man Billie Joe Armstrong from the interview he did in 2005 with Spin and a few random older interviews too.

This seems to be a trend in most of the book, as Armstrong is the main focus for most of the history lesson. Spitz, at times, is in awe of the songwriter, over glorifying him and comparing him to some greats. Like Armstrong being the focus of the book, this over glorying also becomes somewhat persistent in the 200+ pages. While I love Green Day, at times the book just seems way too arrogant – especially considering the fact they just skip over the parts where the band wasn’t selling as many records. For me, it’s just a bit much at times, i mean, he just throws in a seemingly random paragraph claiming American Idiot woke up a nine year old in a coma. It was both rather obnoxious and had no real place in the section.

Nevertheless, Nobody Likes You is an interesting read, but it’s just that. It’s far from a “must read” – even for the most hardcore Green Day fan. The best part of it was looking at the Bay Area punk scene and Gilman Street, and how that effected Armstrong and the future of Green Day, but it’s still not a must read. I would still recommend So This Is Reading? by Tripp Underwood instead if you wanted a real in depth look at the life of a band, written by the band itself. Nobody Likes You may have some well researched interviews, but very few with the band itself – and really, when telling a biography they are the ones who would have the best insight.