Selling out or remarkably self-unaware?
Let’s start this out with a little bit of a disclaimer. I like Green Day. I actually like them a lot. Now, I’m no fanboy of the band. I’m not enough of a fan that can tell you what’s going on in the band members personal lives, but on a good day I could probably name at least two of the band members. So, I’m not a super fan, yet since Dookie, Green Day has always held a spot in every one of my playlists, and burned CD’s before that. Now, I must admit that Green Day’s latest announcement is a bit of an embarrassment.
Today, Green Day announced that the band is co-authoring a book (graphic novel?) with artist Frank Caruso. Green Day releasing a book is not the embarassment. They’ve already branched out of their typical realm by adapting their American Idiot album into a play. I like to see bands take on new realms, and see if they can bring their talent to these new spaces. The embarrassment is the subject matter of the book.
The book is titled “Last of the American Girls”, an adaptation of one of their previous songs. The description from the publisher’s pre-order page follows;
A rallying cry for all rebel girls: from Green Day and co-authored and illustrated by artist Frank Caruso comes a timely, inspiring illustrated rendition of the Grammy winning band’s classic hit “Last of the American Girls”—the song Rolling Stone called “a fabulous left-wing love song to a rebel girl . . . when Armstrong sings, ‘she won’t cooperate,’ he’s giving her the highest compliment he can imagine.”
One of the most important and influential artists of their generation, the high-energy rock band Green Day has continued to inspire millions of fans worldwide with their music, political views, and iconoclastic conviction. In this powerful full-color book, they now transform their Billboard hit “Last of the American Girls” into an inspiring homage and handbook for the rebellious—every woman who refuses to capitulate.
She’s a runaway of the establishment incorporated
She won’t cooperate
She will come in first
For the end of western civilization
She’s a natural disaster
She’s the last of the American girls
Since they exploded in the culture in 1994, Green Day has continued to surprise and energize its fans through the evolution of its music, songwriting, and artistic ambition. The band has long been ahead of its time, and “Last of the American Girls” is a testament to their vision. Released in 2010, the song about a spirited nonconformist young woman named Gloria embodies today’s cultural zeitgeist and is a salute and tribute to female empowerment and individuality. Celebrating true rebel girls—girls who push back, girls who use their voice, girls who say no—Last of the American Girls takes on both the establishment and the upwardly mobile, espousing an infectious spirit that has never been more relevant.
That’s right. Green Day is publishing a handbook for rebellious young gals. A band made up of three (or is it four now?) men are putting together a handbook for girls. But at least they got some help from an outsider. A male illustrator. Wouldn’t this fall under “mansplaining”?
What are they thinking? Did the punk-pop band suddenly feel that they had something they could add to the feminist movement? Did they feel that rebellious girls needed to be told how to be rebellious girls? Or did someone approach them with an idea that they chose to cash in on? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Green Day was accused of being sell outs?
If you’re a girl that needs some rebelliousness coaching, the book goes on sale 10/29/19 and can be pre-ordered here.