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Taking a break from writing new music, the punk group Green Day is beginning to dabble in the world of literature.
The title of the story is named after their hit “Last of the American Girl” from the “21st Century Breakdown” album, and it was co-written by all three members of the hall of fame rock band.
On April 2, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong released the news in an exclusive interview with “Rolling Stone” that a book, illustrated by Frank Caruso, will be deemed as a celebration of “true rebel girls.”
The book’s publisher, Dey Street Books, says that the overall theme of the book is “an inspiring homage and handbook for the rebellious everywoman who refuses to capitulate.”
The artwork for the cover was released the same day as the announcement. On it features the everywoman Armstrong detailed holding two paint brushes, standing in front of an “X” with imagery of the American flag and looking frustrated with the nation’s current state.
Armstrong gives a brief history about the name, saying that the song was originally about his wife, Adrienne. However, the song is meant to be a direct relation to the album “American Idiot” as the antidote to his negative behavior and how Americans still fight for the independence and freedom that shaped the nation.
The song was added to the Broadway production of “American Idiot” as one of the beginning parts of the show when protagonists Johnny and Whatsername meet (and yes, that is her name in the show).
But one thing that really stands out when Armstrong is asked about the song is that he started digging into his own roots while analyzing the lyrics. Then he shapes his feelings and relates them to how the nation should live today.
“It’s sort of empowering,” he told “Rolling Stone,” “sort of subterranean kind of lifestyle, but at the same time, there’s a new era coming in with the way we all need to live.”
On a side note, Frank Caruso has a detailed history with illustrating pieces for many different musical artists. One piece in particular was Bruce Springsteen’s “Outlaw Pete.”
There are no further details on the content of the book other than the release date being set for Oct. 29.
This piece will look to revolutionize the reputation of Green Day as well as to wake readers up and spark that lust for the American dream in Americans once more.