New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters

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Jordan, Jon, Joe, Donnie, and Danny. 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 journalist Nikki Van Noy.

From makeshift stages in Boston clubs to soldout shows at Madison Square Garden, through winning American Music Awards and selling...

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Overview

Jordan, Jon, Joe, Donnie, and Danny. 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 journalist Nikki Van Noy.

From makeshift stages in Boston clubs to soldout shows at Madison Square Garden, through winning American Music Awards and selling 80 million records, the New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) were a rite of passage and a touchstone of youthful memories. Scoring platinum albums, and with a series of sold-out international tours, NKOTB blazed through North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, leaving throngs of screaming teen and tween girls in their wake. But after a few heady years, the guys (and their fans) grew up, and moved on. The New Kids disbanded in 1994 and, for nearly fifteen years, there was every reason to believe that the NKOTB phenomenon was over once and for all.

But then an unexpected thing happened. The band (and their fans) got a second chance to relive their youth when NKOTB reunited in 2008. And they realized that this band has something special—an unbreakable bond with their fans and with each other that has only strengthened with the passage of time. Today, fans both old and new celebrate the band’s triumphant comeback with sold-out concerts, cruises, and top-selling albums. And this time, Jordan, Jon, Joe, Donnie, and Danny are enjoying it all right alongside them. An intimate, all-access backstage pass to everything New Kids on the Block, from their meteoric rise to fame

Nikki Van Noy talks directly to those loyal fans, as well as to all five band members and their families, weaving their stories together in this no-holds-barred chronicle. With frankness and honesty, each New Kid recalls nearly thirty years of experience with the group, both on and off the stage. Like a time machine, this book will take you right back—giving you an inside look at the New Kids like you’ve never seen them before.

An intimate, all-access backstage pass to everything New Kids on the Block, from their meteoric rise to fame in the 1980s to the band’s breakup in the 1990s— and their triumphant comeback today

“We’re siting there, and all of a sudden Jordan said, ‘You know we’re gonna be famous, right? We’re gonna be famous.’ And he was right.” —Joe

“All that stuf f we never experienced in college, we experienced on the road, just the five of us.” —Jon

“There’s just no words to describe it. I guess the only thing similar is a Super Bowl quarterback winning it for his hometown.” —Danny

“It’s amazing. It’s almost like going through life and then geting another chance at life, knowing what you know now.” —Jordan

“My dad said, ‘I’ll tell you what—if you ever make it big and you come home and you’ve changed, I’m gonna kick your ass.’ That always rang in my head.” —Donnie

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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 clichéd 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. Agent: Coleen O’Shea, Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. (Oct.)
The Boston Globe
“What distinguishes 'Five Brothers' 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. … If you didn’t think NKOTB had the right stuff in the ’80s, “Five Brothers” won’t change your mind, but it does a decent job of explaining what those million sisters continue to scream about.”
Graffiti Magazine
“The book deftly shows the sense of community the group has with its fans, the genuine love and affection both sides feel, and how five young boys from Boston became a cultural phenomenon. Fans of the group will want to get this inside look into their life on and off the road.”
From the Publisher
“Van Noy takes what seems like a clichéd 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.”

“The story of how five boys from Boston rose from nothing to become unlikely international recording stars in the late 1980s … there is true profundity in the stories of accomplished adult women who, during their formative years, fell in love with five flickering images on TV screens and never let go.”

“In the dozens of fascinating interviews with super fans that Van Noy records for posterity in this well-researched, smartly organized book, it becomes clear it's not about the music. (It never is.) It's about remembering the way we were — those junior-high days when so many of us loved nothing more than this band, when you could dream of marrying Jordan Knight and fully believe it really would come true.”

“What distinguishes 'Five Brothers' 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. … If you didn’t think NKOTB had the right stuff in the ’80s, “Five Brothers” won’t change your mind, but it does a decent job of explaining what those million sisters continue to scream about.”

“This new book offers readers an intimate all access, backstage pass to NKOTB including their incredible rise in the 1980s, the group’s tumble during the following decade and, of course, the triumphant rebirth… a highly readable story.”

“The book deftly shows the sense of community the group has with its fans, the genuine love and affection both sides feel, and how five young boys from Boston became a cultural phenomenon. Fans of the group will want to get this inside look into their life on and off the road.”

LA Weekly
“In the dozens of fascinating interviews with super fans that Van Noy records for posterity in this well-researched, smartly organized book, it becomes clear it's not about the music. (It never is.) It's about remembering the way we were — those junior-high days when so many of us loved nothing more than this band, when you could dream of marrying Jordan Knight and fully believe it really would come true.”
Tucson Citizen
“This new book offers readers an intimate all access, backstage pass to NKOTB including their incredible rise in the 1980s, the group’s tumble during the following decade and, of course, the triumphant rebirth… a highly readable story.”
Kirkus Reviews
The story of how five boys from Boston rose from nothing to become unlikely international recording stars in the late 1980s--and the more interesting story of the legion of devoted "Blockheads" that has sustained them ever since. None of the largely nondescript personalities (save perhaps the gregarious Donnie Wahlberg) that comprise the New Kids on the Block is revealed to any significant degree in Van Noy's (So Much to Say: Dave Matthews Band--20 Years on the Road, 2011) otherwise readable band biography. But that clearly is not the point. Instead, the author is more concerned with illustrating the truly fascinating (bewildering?) bond that has seemingly been magically forged between NKOTB and their female fans--aka "Blockheads." The author quotes random fans extensively, and she dutifully chronicles the group's humble beginnings on the streets of Boston to their jet-setting zenith conquering the pop world. Despite the general banality of Jordan, Jon, Joe, Donnie and Danny, there is true profundity in the stories of accomplished adult women who, during their formative years, fell in love with five flickering images on TV screens and never let go. Van Noy maintains the gossamer veneer throughout, collecting the band's dirty laundry and tidily stowing it far out of sight. The author quickly skates over many of the intragroup conflicts – including hot-button issues like NKOTB's decision to part ways with original producer Maurice Starr, Joey McIntyre's gripes about his perennial outsider status and Jon Knight's surprising sexuality. Even though the NKOTB/Blockhead romance burned as hot as a neutron star inside teenage girls' hearts, you'd never know it by the way Van Noy manages to keep everything so chaste. A gauzy, PG-13 love letter from NKOTB to the throngs of faithful women responsible for making their rock-star dreams come true.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451667851
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 369,912
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Nikki Van Noy is the author of So Much to Say, a biography of the Dave Matthews Band. She works as a writer and editor in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 01 Coming Home 1

Chapter 02 What's a Nynuk? 17

Chapter 03 We're the New Kids on the Block 43

Chapter 04 You Got it 63

Chapter 05 Five Guys, One Bus 82

Chapter 06 First Time was a Great Time 99

Chapter 07 Remember When we Traveled 'Round the World? 122

Chapter 08 Hold on 144

Chapter 09 Face the Music 162

Chapter 10 The Thought of you Still Makes me Crazy 184

Chapter 11 Stronger then Ever 210

Chapter 12 Five Brothers and a Million Sisters 235

Chapter 13 This Love will Last Forever 253

acknowledgments 257

index 259

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    A Great Read!!!

    Reading this book gave me the chills and goosebumps all over again. These 5 guys are amazing!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    love it

    I am in love with book. Thanks Nikki for wrighting this. The live we have for NKOTB & their love for us is truley the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    PERFECT

    I LOVE this book! It brings back so many Amazing memories!! I LOVE NKOTB, this book made me laugh and cry....great job Guys and a Nikki

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Love it.

    It's awesome to just get some insight into a group that I love so much. It's well written and easy to read. I hope i get lucky enough to meet them one day and tell my story as many fans in the book did

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Love NKOTB

    Big time fan from the very begining! Love these guys always! Have not read the book yet, but love anything about them and their reunion and their NKOTBSB tour!

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    After reading New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million

    After reading New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters my first reaction was this book is hollow. And I know I will end up making the same comments as other people. However the book really is more about the fans. It is still worth reading. Yet, the book is in no way a biography about NKOTB. I though the author said she was going to sit down and really dive in and interview NKOTB's family members, friends, and Maurice. I mean dude were is Maurice's voice. What I do not understand, why there was no explanation on the very song that really got Donnie Wahlberg so pumped up contacting Jordan Knight and Joe Mcintyre which was not added to the Block CD. I may be wrong but I always thought Click, Click, Click was the song that lit the fire. According to a couple of interviews done with NKOTB. Now after reading the book and learning there was another and possibly better song then Click, Click, Click is interesting. Has left me wondering why hasn't this been mentioned (more) in interviews with the band before? And in the book the guys are said to be fighters and hands on be it with their careers and all things concerning New Kids On The Block. Yet, where was that fighting spirit when the song(s) were not added to the Block CD. Yes, Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood grew up in a very urban/tuff area of Boston. To me it just looks like the street tuff since ability is missing in the guys. Since they have been away from urban city living for a long time. Don't get me wrong I don't mean the guys have to live in an urban area to rekindle and keep their urban roots. Its a matter of remembering where a person grew up. There are stories through out the book such as this one about the song(s) which has a lot of empty holes to them.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    The biography starts, well at the beginning, when they were just

    The biography starts, well at the beginning, when they were just a bunch of boys in their neighborhood. It was interesting to read how most of their lives overlapped and how they came together. I think for me the first part of the book was the most interesting. They discussed some of the issues/rumors that surrounded the band being manufactured and the Milli Vanilli scandal. I mean as a teen girl I loved them, but reading this took me back and walked me through where they came from, who they were before the hype and during the hype. Honestly, made me like the band a whole lot more.




    It was also a cool biography because it gave the fans a chance to speak out about their part of the NKOTB movement. I had to laugh because I remember being like so many of the girls (well I guess now they are women too!). It was fun to go back. As I read, I'd sit there looking up videos of them on you-tube and watch them.




    They talk about the bands break-up and getting the band back together. I remember watching Dancing with the Stars when Joey Intyre  was on, thinking man I'd love it if the New Kids got back together! I would have liked to have read a little more about their time not being in the band and would have enjoyed seeing more photos over the last thirty years included in the book. I'm not one who normally reads biographies or memoirs, but honestly this was a treat. Took me back to my youth and allowed me access to the boys that once adorned my bedroom walls.




    I felt this would be an enjoyable read for NKOTB fans, even if you just enjoyed the music and weren't all 'into' the band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Complete puff piece. Nothing new. Pics used were terrible-so man

    Complete puff piece. Nothing new. Pics used were terrible-so many other great photos out there!

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  • Posted November 5, 2012

    A GREAT READ!

    As a fan this was an awesome read. I had goosebumps and got teary eyed remembering all the memories from then and now. I also appreciated the frankness with which NKOTB and the author addressed the happenings from back in the day; definitely something that had been spun differently back then. It was this forthcomingness that made the book both personal and touching. If you are not a fan and wonder why we are you should read this book. You may just become a BH too. It will certainly show fans and non-fans alike why these 5 "brothers" have been named the 5 hardest working people in show business. It will also show you why BH love is Love Eternal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Loved it!

    I read the entire book the day it came out. I really enjoyed it, but i did feel as though there could have been more information shared... i was already aware of a lot of the stuff in the book before actually reading it. The author did a great job and the book really flowed.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This a great book for any NKOTB fan. I purchased this book for my thiry something daughter and she just loves it. It would make a great Christmas present for any NKOTB fan.

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

    One word.....Epic!!

    Nikki really seems to fully understand what it means to be a Blockhead! Thank you for this wonderful book! I bought the Kindle version and I am now going to buy the hard cover as well. I want a book I can hold and have as a keepsake!! I can't tell you how many times I got the goosebumps, laughed and smiled while reading this book. It is a true testament to these 5 wonderful men who have mad a lasting impact in so many lives. Well written page turner that I simply could not put down!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Pictures

    Can anyone else get the pics that were sup to be in the book?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Not what I expected

    Thought this would be a tell all, no holds barred biography. Instead it was a watered down puff piece.

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