Smash!: Green Day, the Offspring, Rancid, Nofx, and the '90s Punk Explosion

Smash!: Green Day, the Offspring, Rancid, Nofx, and the '90s Punk Explosion

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 bu A group biography of '90s punk rock told through the prism of Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Soc...

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Title:Smash!: Green Day, the Offspring, Rancid, Nofx, and the '90s Punk Explosion
Author:Ian Winwood
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Genres:Music
ISBN:Smash!: Green Day, the Offspring, Rancid, Nofx, and the '90s Punk Explosion
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Smash!: Green Day, the Offspring, Rancid, Nofx, and the '90s Punk Explosion Reviews

  • Tom
    Apr 15, 2019
    Well- written. A bit of a Green Day lovefest. Otherwise pretty good when talking about punk in 80?s being ?underground ? and then punks rise to popularity in the 90?s. ...
  • Tom Gase
    Mar 16, 2019
    Really enjoyed this book on punk music getting a huge comeback in 1994 thanks to big albums by Green Day (Dookie), The Offspring (Smash) and Bad Religion (Stranger than Fiction). Those three bands are talked about a lot, as well as NOFX, Rancid, Social Distortion and Operation Ivy to n...
  • Dr. Detroit
    Dec 31, 2018
    Feh... Well written, but I have no real affinity for any of the bands covered here other than Social Distortion, who only merit a handful of pages. Now if Ian Winwood could flesh that out into an entire book, that would really be something! "...prior to Green Day and The Offspring, ...
  • Théo
    Jan 03, 2019
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  • Amy
    Feb 19, 2019
    The prologue of this book seemed a bit jumbled. It was difficult to read at first, and had me worried that the entire work would not have a flow. Once you get past that part it became much easier to follow, and get into. If you are a fan of any of the bands included it is definitely a ...
  • Ryan
    Nov 24, 2018
    Required reading. An essential survey of some of the greatest music ever made and a thorough telling of a watershed moment in music history. What?s more, the author gives credit where credit is due to the greatest band in the universe: ??most of these events, and perhaps all of t...
  • Hunter
    Apr 13, 2019
    Fairly underwhelming, and a bit hagiographic. Felt let down, content wise. ...
  • Michael
    Mar 09, 2019
    Fucking awesome. ...
  • David Brinks
    Apr 18, 2019
    Bad Religion. Social Distortion. The Offspring. Green Day. Rancid. NOFX. Pennywise. Epitaph Records. If these names mean anything to you, you should read this book. ...
  • Rachelle
    Mar 17, 2019
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  • Nestor Rychtyckyj
    Apr 19, 2019
    As Ian Winwood states in the Intro to this fine history of the time ?when punk broke? ? there are many books dealing with the birth of punk in the 1970s but not many of the time when punk actually became popular in the USA. This book rectifies the situation by focusing on some of...
  • Ben Baker
    Jan 28, 2019
    Exhaustive and opinionated, this tracks the second wave punk scene from grubby dives to stadiums with a passion and knowledge that makes me want to hear all those albums and bands I'd missed. My only gripe is how the book just suddenly cuts out at 1995 with an epitaph (no pun intended)...
  • Christopher Shawn
    Mar 01, 2019
    Hey-ay, come out and play! This first-of-its-kind look into the pop/punk explosion of the early 1990s is a head-banging read. In the midst of Nirvana's slaughter of the hair metal bands of the 80s, punk music inspired by the innovators of the 70s and 80s rose up through the alternative...
  • Nicole Woolaston
    Feb 14, 2019
    A friend recommended this book to me, because I'm a huge Green Day fan. I have to say, this book did not disappoint me at all. I gained a greater appreciation for the Offspring, Nofx and Bad Religion, who I will admit, I didn't know very much about. I also learned the truth behind Gree...
  • Jack
    Jan 31, 2019
    As somewhat of a note to myself, I listened to this as an audiobook. When I was in middle school, I wasn't really into music at all. When day when I was riding the bus, I saw the band name "Green Day" vandalized into the bus. I had heard of the band before, but had no idea what they...
  • StarlightBook Reviewsxo
    Feb 23, 2019
    Ahh...a trip down memory lane is always as nice as a walk in the park. I suddenly remember the gods who gave me one hell of a childhood and whose influence would carry on to adulthood. This book was so well written, it really allowed me to reconnect with memories as a 90's kid witnessi...
  • Mark Rzeszutek
    Jan 21, 2019
    I was eager to read this because its subject is due for comprehensive revisiting. I have not read any other Ian Winwood books, and unfortunately I am not eager to after this. In terms of content, information and detail, it is a great idea. But the author refuses to get out of his own w...
  • Mark Lickliter
    Apr 14, 2019
    I enjoyed this immensely! Brought me back to high school when I first discovered punk rock. ...
  • Matty Esco
    Apr 08, 2019
    Turns out, I don't care about Green Day. Shame they're the bulk of the book. Lots of forbidden Bad Religion lore, though. Winwood's kind of fawning, but he swears artfully enough to remain credible as both a journalist and a grown-up punk kid. The afterword about playing pool with ...
  • Chris Wedman
    Apr 14, 2019
    An interesting read from start to finish, and definitely one of the best punk rock books I?ve read. What I thought would be a thorough examination of the 90?s punk boom was predominantly the highlights of that era. The story of Lookout Records, the rise of Epitaph and the dominance...
  • Mirko Liang
    Jan 21, 2019
    A very fun ride for those who love the genre and grew up listening to certain bands. The author unleashes names, places, and facts in a way similar to an epic journey and gives a chronological perspective to the events. There is a lot of Green Day, the entire origin story of Epitap...
  • Thunderhead
    Mar 16, 2019
    This book moves along at a steady pace, flicking between bands and is interspersed with old interview content which really keeps it interesting. I thought it was the right length and my only criticism is that I wanted more Rancid but hey, the author stated at the outset that they were ...
  • theGraveyard Librarian
    Feb 01, 2019
    Meh, 1/3 interesting early years stuff 1/3 justifying the bands not selling out 1/3 rise to fame. I think there's too many stories to be told here resulting in everything not quite being enough. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Feb 28, 2019
    The story itself was interesting and had spots of humor. Winwood had a mix of formal and informal writing styles, which I generally liked because it made it more readable, but which sometimes seemed jarring when it jumped between the two, sometimes within the same sentence. Overall, an...
  • Timothy Minneci
    Feb 28, 2019
    If you're looking for an encyclopedia entry explaining how punk went mainstream in the 90s, this is not the book for you. This distills down the era to the core bands - Green Day, The Offspring, Operation Ivy/Rancid, NOFX and Bad Religion, along with the key players and labels, namely ...
  • Steve Varrier
    Dec 03, 2018
    Very interesting, for a fan For a fan of Punk, especially mid-90's US Punk, it's a very entertaining read. Most of the stories are already well known but it's nice to read a chronological story, pulling it all together. Having said that... Whilst it's understandable that the book...
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    Apr 12, 2019
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    Mar 05, 2019
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    Feb 07, 2019
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  • E
    Mar 23, 2019
    This book was so fun! I don't know much about Bad Religion, I picked this up for Green Day but it's presented really well in an easy to read style. I kept reading choice bits out loud, because goodness punk had a rough go in the 1980s and early 90s. It was also really fun to see refere...