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I HEARD YOU CRY ALOUD: Green Day Is For Everybody

(Above: Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto at last year’s BottleRock Festival. Collaboration is cool!)

When I first emailed Hendrik about this week, one of the first things we said to each other was an expression of shock that a Green Day week hadn’t been done already. He mentioned something similar again this morning, and so have at least five other people since I signed on. Maybe that’s why it hasn’t been done - everyone just assumed it had? 

Whatever the case, Green Day is a huge band that means a lot to a lot of different people, for a lot of different reasons. Like I said to someone last night, Green Day doesn’t belong to any small group of people, or maybe it’s more accurate to say that they belong to everybody. Their career spans two generations and has worked with and against multiple zeitgeists and through it all they have stayed quintessentially Green Day. Because of that, I think a lot people have something to say about them.

So! I’m trying to make this week as democratic as possible. I’m going to be doing (most of) the heavy lifting, but I want to open the floor to multiple voices (and I couldn’t cover everything myself, even with several months to do so). I’ve already got some amazing writers lined up: @rustbeltjessie and @hweverka (twitter) and @shakespeareandpunk and @kjgormley. I’d be super excited to include more.

Here’s what I’m looking for: short pieces about specific Green Day songs, just a couple paragraphs long. Think these two pieces from the The Mountain Goats week. If you think you might be interested in contributing one of these, you can email me at j.deighton at with a writing sample to see if the song you want to write about has been taken. Depending on how many people are interested, I might not be able to publish every piece (this is One Week One Band), but I will try!