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  • Smash!

  • Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the '90s Punk Explosion
  • By: Ian Winwood
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

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. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You're not punk and I'm telling everyone.

  • By MR on 19-02-19

If you think you’ll like it... you will!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

I don’t think I could be more a perfect member of the desired target audience for this collection of stories. I have a playlist of about 10 or 12 band, I’ve had this same playlist since I was 18. It hasn’t changed and it won’t change. This book gives fascinating insight into the lives of the people who were there and who shaped the lives of 4 of the bands from my playlist. Not as in deep on the history of NOFX but we have their own book for that, this is really the story of green day, Bad Religion the offspring and Epitaph records. Well worth your time if you as invested in to any or all of these 3 bands. Of your not, I’d say it was still worth a go, but I’m guessing it was my love for the above that got me through the 12 hours or so in a little under 5 days.

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