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Although Green Day is now one of the biggest bands in the world, selling out stadiums from America to Australia, there would not have been a band had it not been for 924 Gilman Street. It was this legendary musical co-operative venue in Berkeley, California, that gave the aspirations of Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Ryan Pritchard ...

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The success of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Nevermind (1991) steamrolling around the world in 1992 alerted major labels to the potential of independent rock music. With two albums and a growing armada of fans, Green Day were seen as an act with similar potential. Their major label debut, Dookie (1994), fulfilled this potential, racking up phenomenal ...

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Although Insomniac had failed to repeat the commercial success of Dookie, it had maintained Green Day’s international momentum. Their constant touring had worn out their mental joints, leading to the cancellation of European dates in 1996; a period of reflection and musical re-evaluation followed. The gap between Nimrod (1997) and Warning (2000) removed Green Day from public eye and ...

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The abandonment of Cigarettes And Valentines coupled with the arrant pleasure of recording as fictional band The Network restored Green Day’s creative juices. A subsequent studio experiment led the band on to craft their next album: a full-length, punk-rock opera, American Idiot (2004), which, armed with a political and sonic edge, catapulted them back into the big ...

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American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown (2009) cemented Green Day’s position as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, rock band in the world. From their Hurricane Katrina collaboration with U2 to the honour of performing The Simpsons Movie theme, Green Day were woven into the fabric of popular culture. Not only did more awards flow into ...

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Spring Sweet Children Are Born Billie Joe Armstrong was born on 17 February 1972 in the town of Rodeo in the San Francisco Bay Area. The town was dominated by a vast oil refinery and referred to as ‘Bordeo’ by the local youth. He was the youngest of six children and recorded ‘Look For Love’ aged five, released in a ...

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Spring Green Day Leave Lookout! Despite their love of pot and good times, Green Day took their music seriously and handed over the day-to-day running of their affairs to Elliot Cahn and Jeff Saltzman of Cahn-Man Management whose track record included The Melvins and Mudhoney. The first item upon an agreed agenda was to upgrade their record label. Despite ...

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January ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ Billie Joe had actually written the acoustic ‘Good Riddance’ back in 1993 after his relationship with his first serious girlfriend Amanda ended. This bittersweet song was released as a single and, as well as becoming a hit, crossed over into a wider cultural arena, where it was used to highlight clips ...

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January Billie Joe’s DUI ‘Let’s get drunk and go out driving/Let’s see how quickly we can go,’ Tre Cool’s track ‘DUI’ was supposed to be on Shenanigans but did not appear on the CD. Whether or not Billie Joe was listening to ‘DUI’ at 1am on 5 January when powering along in his BMW is unknown but he was stopped ...

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May ASCAP Pop Music Awards The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is vital in protecting the rights of artists such as Green Day by licensing public performances of their songs through mediums like radio and distributing royalties to songwriters. The ASCAP holds an annual awards ceremony to honour the most-performed songs in their repertory, and in ...

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April 924 Gilman Street ‘Isn’t it time we created a real alternative ?’ Tim Yohannan was the driving force behind local radio show and then fanzine MaximumRockNRoll and it was his determination that led to the establishment of a new music venue in Berkeley at 924 Gilman Street. Run along co-operative lines with a no drugs, no alcohol and no ...

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January The Bookmobile And European Tour ‘It was a travelling library that was found in Phoenix, Arizona, and converted into an RV [recreation vehicle],’ Billie Joe told a TV interviewer in 1994 when discussing the Bookmobile inside the vehicle. ‘A lot of people come up to us and say, “Do you have books for sale in there ?”. ...

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February Producer Upheaval As producer and friend, Rob Cavallo had been pivotal in Dookie, Insomnia and Nimrod but the band thought change might stimulate their next album and turned to Scott Litt who had been crucial in delivering R.E.M.’s finest work. Litt saw the band perform their first acoustic-only set at Neil Young’s Bridge Street fundraiser ...

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September ‘American Idiot’ The song that was to revitalize the career of Green Day was a protest against the war in Iraq promulgated by American president George W. Bush. With lines like ‘Don’t want to be an American idiot,’ ‘I’m not part of a redneck agenda’ and ‘now everybody do the propaganda’ was a powerful anti-Bush statement. Musically, ‘American ...

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June Lennon’s ‘Working Class Hero’ In June 2007, the album Instant Karma was released to raise money for the Amnesty International campaign to raise money to help those caught up in the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. The album featured covers of John Lennon songs performed by various artists, ranging from Aerosmith’s take on ‘Give Peace A Chance’ to ...

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