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Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown": Hear the Album and Read the Rolling Stone Review

May 8, 2009 2:58 PM ET

In exactly one week, Green Day unleash their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. Since you'll have to wait until July 3rd to catch them live on their summer tour (or May 19th if you're one of the lucky fans who score a ticket to their MySpace show in New York), how about some instant gratification — right now. Over at Rhapsody, you can hear 21st Century Breakdown in its entirety, and the Rolling Stone review — four and a half stars — which appears in our current issue is also available on RollingStone.com.

We'll have much more from Green Day as they hit the ground with 21st Century Breakdown, but for now, take a look back at the band's history and the making of their latest punk opera:

Green Day Swing for the Fences on 21st Century Breakdown
Green Day Bring 21st Century Breakdown to Life at Stunning Oakland Gig
Green Day's Hometown Throwdown: Photos From Oakland

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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