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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145166785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451667851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“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.” (Publishers Weekly)

“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.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“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.” (LA Weekly)

“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.” (The Boston Globe)

“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.” (Tucson Citizen)

“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.” (Graffiti Magazine)

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.

More About the Author

Nikki Van Noy is a freelance writer and editor based in Boston, MA. She is the author of the forthcoming NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: FIVE BROTHERS AND A MILLION SISTERS (October 2, 2012) and SO MUCH TO SAY: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND--20 YEARS ON THE ROAD (2011), both published by Touchstone. The New Kids book web site is www.nkotbandus.com; Nikki's web site is www.nikkivannoy.com.

Customer Reviews

A must read book if you're a NKOTB fan!
Claire B
If you love these guys you will know you will love this book.
Amy Carr
I enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't put it down!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By CarolinaBlue23 on October 14, 2012
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While I did enjoy the book I have to say that I finished the last chapter feeling like I wanted to know more. The book does give personal accounts of the group's rise and fall from the band members point of view and their family members but that's where the story ends. The rest of the book is filled with personal fan stories that are nice but somewhat unnecessary. I found myself skipping over portions of the fan stories in favor of reading about the band rather than the impact they had on certain individuals.

The book cover states that the book is an authorized biography. How can you write a biography on a group but not interview more of the key players involved? There's no attempt by the author speak with Maurice Starr, Mary Alford, Peter Work, or any of the (former) executives at CBS/Sony like Larkin Arnold. How come Robo, Biscuit, Don Inner, Johnny Wright or John Dukakis weren't interviewed? Not having the perspectives of non-band members within the book made the story feel incomplete to me. Yes, NKOTB were the "fighters" in the war as Donnie used to say back in the day but you can't have fighters without a general, major, captain or lieutenant helping to run the show.

I felt like the book perpetrated the group's media created sugary laced, squeaky clean image by touching on subjects like the "in-fighting" amongst the group members or the growing discontentment they had with producer Maurice Starr but the author never really got below the surface to reveal the real, honest-to-goodness story of what REALLY happened during that wild, crazy ride.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Michelle Price on October 4, 2012
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I was expecting this to be another recap book describing things I already knew about the group I have loved for more than 23 years. What I got was a compelling stories full of tid-bits that even I, a die-hard fan of NKOTB, didn't know. I loved the sincerity and honesty in this book and in these 5 guys. It touched my heart and showed me, yet again, why I love these guys and am proud to call myself a fan. Nikki Van Noy did a great job of capturing heartfelt moments, fantastic quotes and amazing fan stories. I would highly recommend this book to any Blockhead.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DollG on January 6, 2013
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I was excited when I heard about this book, however I was disappointed when I read it.
For starters it's poorly written, I felt like I was reading a easy read book for preteens, not one for adults. The story told about how the group came to be, is one the average NKOTB fan already knows, there was nothing new.
The fans stories (mainly the same few over and over again) were boring, and some of their memories don't really sync up to the timeline of what was going on with NKOTB.
For this to be an authorized biography I was hoping for more "meat" not fluff. We are adults now, we can handle the true stories and dirt that happened. We know there was sex and drugs... But we only know the speculation and rumors behind those, I was hoping this would get into some of that. I also thought it would have chapters on each of the guys about what they were up to between the group breaking up and getting back together. We know Jordan & Joe had popularity as solo artist and Donnie started acting, Jon did real estate, and Danny produced music & worked at a private plane co, but what else?
It really lacks the substance that makes a biography a biography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandi on January 1, 2013
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I love the New Kids, and this is no reflection on them, but this author sounds like a twelve year old writing a book report. I didn't know whether to feel offended that it sounded "dumbed down" or happy that I could get through it in a day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Gallenberger on January 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was a huge New Kids fan and couldn't wait to read this book. I loved reading about how they got together in Boston, built the band, and rode the fast track to success before it quickly came crashing down. I didn't know just how involved the guys were in writing and producing their own music in the early days and it was great to get an insight on all of that.

However the book is thin on things that fans would REALLY like to know, like what kind of things did these guys struggle with when they spent their teen years in a tour bus? How did they maintain (or lose) relationships with girlfriends? Deal with groupies? Drugs and alcohol? Family relationships? Self-identity and depression? These are the struggles that memoirs are supposed to delve into, and the NKOTB book barely mentions any of those things, glossing over the personal lives of the guys and focusing on the fans' experiences and reactions to the rise and fall of the group.

I am glad I read it, and would recommend it as an interesting read to any other fans. However I do feel that it could have been better with more detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Kay on December 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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