Exclusive clip: Go inside the making of Green Day's "American Idiot" with the new film "Heart Like a Hand Grenade"

The documentary about Day's punk rock opera is out tomorrow on Vimeo on Demand

By Erin Keane

Editor in Chief

Published October 15, 2015 6:30PM (EDT)

Green Day   (BB Gun Press)
Green Day (BB Gun Press)

Captured on film by director John Roecker, "Heart Like a Hand Grenade," is an inside history of the writing and recording of Green Day's Grammy Award-winning album "American Idiot." More than 10 years after the release of "American Idiot," the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees present this time capsule rock doc — considered by many to be a "lost film" — that takes us inside the songwriting and recording process of the acclaimed, multi-platinum punk rock opera that spawned a Broadway musical.

“We can’t believe this was shot over a decade ago. Little did we know then how impactful this record would go on to be,” said Billie Joe Armstrong in a release. “We are excited for our fans to see this footage for the first time and watch us try and figure it all out.”

The film is out tomorrow on VOD through Vimeo.

By Erin Keane

Erin Keane is Salon's Editor in Chief. She is also on faculty at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University and her memoir in essays, "Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me," was named one of NPR's Books We Loved In 2022.

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