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

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

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! will be 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 will at last give 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.

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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Dr. Detroit

    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 enti...

  • Ryan

    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 ...

  • Amy

    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 f...

  • Ben Baker

    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 ...

  • Christopher Shawn

    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, pu...

  • Steve Varrier

    Very interesting, for a fanFor 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, pullin...

  • Mark Rzeszutek

    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, info...

  • Jack

    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" ...

  • Mirko Liang

    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 perspec...

  • Tom Gase

    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...