Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Green Day Helps Gen Xers Cope With Growing Up

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Generation X is all grown up and Green Day is the soundtrack to their middle life crisis.

Or so says Marc Spitz, the author of Nobody Likes You (Hyperion), a biography about the Northern California punk rockers.

Says Spitz: “I’m 37 and was in a funk for awhile – My youth was over and I was a bit put out by that.”

He says he turned to Green Day for inspiration because the group has “defied expectations” and is still rocking even though society says they should be “fat and bitter and not successful” at this point in their lives.

Spitz believes that his generation’s sense of irony saved Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool from rock star obscurity mainly because all the crazy stuff had already been done and they were able to be normal.

As he explains it, “Keith Richards will always be known for throwing the TV ... Jimi Hendrix choked on his own vomit. No one can choke on their vomit anymore – it’s been done – and it’s this attitude that has kept the band around for so long.”

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