Let’s get this straight — there have been, are, and will continue to be boy bands.They are forces of nature. You cannot change this. Do not stand in their path. Do not question them. Like a hurricane, you will be destroyed or consumed by the raging storm.
In her new biography, “New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters” author Nikki Van Noy makes the argument that perhaps no other group embodies the phenomenon better than that titular boy band. Through anecdotes from over 100 fans and guys in the group themselves, Van Noy analyzes for how NKOTB affected people’s lives.
Unlike many celebrity biographies, the members of NKOTB actually sound like they don’t mind delving into embarrassing and revealing stories. Van Noy was as dedicated as the fans she covered in writing the book. She spent a year and half interviewing each guy one-on-one, as well as their parents. Perhaps that’s because 34-year-old Van Noy counts herself among the throngs of adolescent girls who were pining for the band in the late ’80s.
“There wasn’t a publicist around. It was me and whatever guy I was talking to at the time. I can’t tell you how refreshingly open and honest they were. They blew everyone else I ever interviewed out of the water,” Van Noy said to Huff-Post Celebrity.
The group is good-natured about even its most awkward memories, like 1990’s “Magic Summer tour,” which was defined by cheesy stunts. “In 1990 I guess it was cool to be flying around the stage on wires, but I’m surprised Donnie agreed to be flying around,” Joe McIntyre remembers in the book. “I’m surprised we agreed to bring big playing cards up and do a disappearing act.”
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