An authorized biography of supergroup New Kids on the Block—tracking their rise, fall, and recent return as one of the biggest acts of all time (with a special focus on the fans who have supported them every step of the way).
Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood.
They set the bar for every boy band that followed and changed the course of pop music forever. In the 1980s, for millions of young girls around the world, they were gods. But behind the scenes, they were just kids. In this authorized biography of the band, the New Kids tell it all to rock author Nikki Van Noy.
“What distinguishes this from similar biographies is Van Noy’s inclusion of the voices of dozens of NKOTB fans both in the story itself—commenting on events from a fan’s perspective—and sharing personal tales of kindnesses shown by the band members at the end of each chapter.” (The Boston Globe)
Music writer Van Noy (So Much to Say: Dave Matthews Band 20 Years on the Road) applies her skills in thorough reporting and thoughtful analysis to an unlikely subject: New Kids on the Block, the first of the "boy band" phenomenon of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The New Kids cute, young, white pop rockers whose five-part harmonies and hip-hop dance moves captured the hearts of millions of adoring teen and tween girls set the mold for the careers of imitators such as the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync. Van Noy takes what seems like a clich d pop story New Kids meteoric rise and equally swift collapse and turns it into something special, a fascinating tale that will delight the band's large fan base as well as enlighten its harsh critics. She takes a serious look at the cultural roots of a band born and raised in the shadow of Boston's polarizing busing controversy. She gets great quotes from band members like Donnie Wahlberg, the group's cofounder and resident John Lennon figure ("I am and I think we are as new Kids the success story of busing"). Van Noy explores New Kids' huge postreunion online fan base, millions of "Blockheads" whose intense devotion and concert-going support is equal and surprisingly similar in style to devoted followers of Phish and the Grateful Dead.
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NKOTB and US
I have already got my preorder copy on it's way and I just cannot wait to read it so just had to get a ibook copy!! thanx Itunes :) #BH4LIFE
NKOTB & US
A great read, official contribution from band members. Answering all things as a fan Ive wondered about!!!