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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Monday, September 17, 2012

AP: Green Day When They Were 20

Sex, Squats and Soundgarden: Green Day When They Were 20

AltPress.com has posted some bonus features from my Green Day cover story.

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt remembers exactly where he was when he first heard Nirvana’s Nevermind. The band’s cultural milemarker had been released a couple of months before Green Day went to Europe in November 1991. “We had saved our money, snuck our records over and borrowed equipment every night for 64 shows,” Dirnt says. “We were sleeping in squats and eating vegan gruel out of a pot dozens of other people were eating from. The snow was four feet high in some towns. I once slept next to a human head in a jar. It was crazy, like, ‘Go sleep on the floor over there. Hope you don’t get scabies.’” He pauses for effect. “And it was rad.”

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