All-male band Green Day has announced the release of a homage book dedicated to all the rebellious women who “refuse to capitulate”.
The handbook is named after one of their most successful songs, “Last Of The American Girls” from the band’s 2009 album “21st Century Breakdown”.
— Green Day (@GreenDay) April 2, 2019
To create their debut as authors, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool have worked in partnership with illustrator Frank Caruso, known for having collaborated with Bruce Springsteen in the past.
The news has caused criticism to arise as many people think a team of four men can’t possibly portray and inspire women in the right way without the contribution of any actual woman in the creative process.
On its website, publisher HarperCollins describes the book as “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.”
When “Last Of The American Girls” song was released, Billie Joe Armstrong said that it was originally made for his wife Adrienne.
He said, “The song started as being about my wife but then I started going deep into more of my own beliefs.
“It’s sort of like empowering, sort of subterranean lifestyle but at the same time its a new era coming in our way. We are all living in a disposable society or something similar to that and we need to find beauty in it. somehow.”
Green Day and Frank Caruso’s Last Of The American Girls is set to be released on October 29th 2019.