Smash! : Green Day, the Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the '90s punk explosion

by Winwood, Ian,

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A group biography of '90s punk rock told through the prism of Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and more

Two decades after the Sex Pistols and the Ramones birthed punk music into the world, their artistic heirs burst onto the scene and changed the genre forever. While the punk originators remained underground favorites and were slow burns commercially, their heirs shattered commercial expectations for the genre. In 1994, Green Day and The Offspring each released their third albums, and the results were astounding. Green Day's Dookie went on to sell more than 15 million copies and The Offspring's Smash remains the all-time bestselling album released on an independent label. The times had changed, and so had the music.

While many books, articles, and documentaries focus on the rise of punk in the '70s, few spend any substantial time on its resurgence in the '90s. Smash! is the first to do so, detailing the circumstances surrounding the shift in '90s music culture away from grunge and legitimizing what many first-generation punks regard as post-punk, new wave, and generally anything but true punk music.

With astounding access to all the key players of the time, including members of Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and many others, renowned music writer Ian Winwood at last gives this significant, substantive, and compelling story its due. Punk rock bands were never truly successful or indeed truly famous, and that was that -- until it wasn't. Smash! is the story of how the underdogs finally won and forever altered the landscape of mainstream music.
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Booklist Review: "It is with bell-ringing assertion that music critic Winwood proclaims the re-emergence of punk as an American cultural phenomenon in the 1990s in the sun-laden cities of California, specifically, the bands Bad Religion, Social Distortion, NOFX, and Offspring from the Los Angeles area and Green Day from the Bay Area. The story of how these fledgling bands struggled in the early years to record, tour, and even begin their own independent labels to become immensely popular forces in the music industry within a relatively short time span is told in detail in this first book on the subject. Interviews with the main players Billie Joe Armstrong, Fat Mike, Lawrence Livermore, and others are interspersed with Winwood's music-writer largesse. Some may find the author's limited scope of bands disconcerting in that other bands may not have hit it as big but were no less influential. Some readers may wish for a more intimate perspective, but Winwood does cover the music and its context and fans with great reverence as he captures this exuberant time in the history of punk music.--Michael Ruzicka Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kerrang! writer Winwood offers an energetic history of the punk revolution of the 1990s, inspired by bands such as the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and X. The year 1994 was when California punk bands, including the Offspring and Green Day, blasted onto the Billboard charts. Unlike their early punk idols, these bands experienced financial success. Winwood lays out the steady bricklaying done by indie labels such as Epitaph and Lookout that produced the adrenalized sound of bands such as Bad Religion, whose 1988 album Suffer (15 songs in 26 minutes) is credited here with revitalizing a then-moribund punk movement. Though Winwood's enthusiasm sometimes outstrips his writing-clumsy lines such as "Of all the Southern California punk bands... it is X that are the best" are not uncommon-his deep knowledge and thick dossier of interviews with these three-chord revolutionaries more than compensate. This is a ripping fun music history and strongly reasoned argument for the place of oft-derided 1990s Cali punk in the annals of pop music. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Green Day (Musical group)
Offspring (Musical group)
Bad Religion (Musical group)
NOFX (Musical group)
Punk rock music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Rock music -- United States -- 1991-2000 -- History and criticism.
Punk rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :Da Capo Press,2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xiv, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780306902741
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