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Publisher's Summary

Soaring ambition. Unwavering integrity. Billie Joe Armstrong isn’t the first punk to negotiate mainstream success, but he might be its most undisguised example. In Welcome to my Panic, Green Day’s iconic front man holds nothing back as he tracks listeners though his deeply personal and artistic journey in raw detail.

Matching his emotional storytelling with new, exclusive, recordings of Green Day’s biggest hits including “Basket Case”, “Good Riddance”, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, and “American Idiot”, Armstrong chronicles the seminal moments in his life: the trauma and triumphs that have come to define him. As we listen, Billie Joe reminds us punk rock is not about how hard you can play but how hard you can remain yourself.

©2021 Billie Joe Armstrong (P)2021 AO Media LLC

About the Creator and Performer

Billie Joe Armstrong is the frontman and guitarist for four-time Grammy award-winning rock band Green Day. Originally hailed as punk revivalists blindsiding the mainstream from the margins, Green Day has become one of rock’s sturdiest institutions, a band whose sound threads the three-chords-and-a-head-rush excitement that runs through everything from East Bay punk, power pop, 60s garage, and hard rock. The band, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, has released thirteen studio albums to date, including the Diamond-selling Dookie, the punk rock opera album turned Broadway musical American Idiot, and their latest album Father of All… which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart and number four on the Billboard 200, resulting in the band’s eleventh US top-10 album.
Outside of Green Day, Billie Joe also fronts The Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Longshot, and The Coverups. In 2013, he teamed with jazz singer and pianist Norah Jones in a project to re-create the classic 1958 Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us that they titled Foreverly. In early 2020 Armstrong launched the No Fun Mondays series in quarantine, released as an LP later that year. The collection of covers sees Armstrong putting his signature melodic-punk spin on the songs that have formed the soundtrack to his life, including classics by John Lennon, Billy Bragg, and Johnny Thunders.

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Welcome to my Panic

Candid, genuine, raw and undeniably all Billie Joe Armstrong. This is my first Words + Music and I have to say I absolutely enjoyed listening to Billie Joe be open and honest telling his stories and not to forget the music was superb. Being a fan, going to concert, and just admiring from a far doesn't give you anything close to the true person like this did for me. I loved it.

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Billie Joe does it again!

I’ve been a super fan since 1994, and just when I thought I had heard/seen it all, BJA surprises me once again with these fantastic, stripped-down versions of his songs!

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So good!

Really enjoyed listening to this. I hope one day the songs are available for download.

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Awesome!

Billie Joe Armstrong rules! I hope the music from the audiobook gets released as separate tracks!

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one of the best audible originals

I am an absolute green day fan, I've loved them since the early 90s, and continued to love them. It was great to hear stories and back stories, I absolutely love hearing these kinds of books, but this was on a whole different level, it was amazing, truly enjoyed it

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Simply Not Long Enough!

An intimate telling of Billie Joe’s life and career, including opening up about his struggles with addiction. It was deep, yet barely scratched the surface. The song performances were a nice touch as well. Green Day was my first concert in 2004 and they will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m hoping for a sequel to this, because it was just simply not long enough!

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Outstanding ! MTV Unplugged

This was outstanding. I want more. I love hearing about story behind the music and the band. It reminded me of MTV unplugged.

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Amazing

Just amazing. So honest and interesting. One of the best out there. Billie Joe is the best.

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Loved it!

Billie Joe Armstrong never disappoints. It was so interesting to hear his personal insights on his music and rise to fame.

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Great Autobiography

I have been a fan of Billie's and Green Day since the 90's and I like him even more after listening to this, He reads this with emotion and you can tell that he has strong family values. He really loves his parents and siblings, unfortunately his Father died when he was 10 and he memorializes him a few times. Also I really liked his collaboration with Norah Jones. Recommended listen.

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