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

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

by Nikki Van Noy


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

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 stuff 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451667851
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.04(d)

About 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.

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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New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complete puff piece. Nothing new. Pics used were terrible-so many other great photos out there!
MaritimeReader More than 1 year ago
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.
TheMomJH More than 1 year ago
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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Blockhead4Life More than 1 year ago
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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N_Marroquin More than 1 year ago
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.