Fall Out Boy: The Biography by Ben WelchFall Out Boy were front-and-centre of the emo scene of the mid-2000s, gaining a devoted following with their infectious brand of pop-punk. After a tumultuous decade, the band are now stronger than ever and winning new fans across the globe.
Despite a stream of worldwide hits including ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’ and ‘Dance, Dance’, internal fighting, health issues and the backlash against the emo scene threatened to destroy Fall Out Boy. Instead, they came back stronger with a new sound and discovered an even wider fanbase.
Fall Out Boy are still a commercial force to be reckoned with; their last album American Beauty/American Psycho was certified Gold in the US, UK and Canada in 2015 and their merchandise sales are enormous.
This is the first biography on the band and an in-depth account of their story, from its beginnings in Chicago, to worldwide fame, addictions and disillusionment with the music industry to their recent resurgence.
Ben Welch is a music and film writer who has written biographies on acts including Paramore, Bullet for my Valentine and Bring Me the Horizon.
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Novel) Background
Just about everything in Endora, Iowa pop. His enormous mother, once the town sweetheart, has been eating nonstop ever since her husband's suicide, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in. Gilbert's long-suffering older sister, Amy, still mourns the death of Elvis, and his knockout younger sister has become hooked on makeup, boys, and Jesus -- in that order. But the biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes is the eighteenth birthday of Gilbert's younger brother, Arnie, who is a living miracle just for having survived so long. As the Grapes gather in Endora, a mysterious beauty glides through town on a bicycle and rides circles around Gilbert, until he begins to see a new vision of his family and himself With this wry portrait of small-town Iowa -- and a young man's life at the crossroads -- Peter Hedges created a classic American novel "charged with sardonic intelligence" Washington Post Book World.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. What's Eating Gilbert Grape focuses on a small town in Iowa called Endora, and tells the tale of a dyfunctional family living in this closed off community where small meaningless parts of everyday life hold literary significance. Published in , What's Eating Gilbert Grape was Peter Hedges' debut novel, yet his experience as a playwright shines through as the characters feel fully realised and simultaneously theatrical.
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