Adam Green (musician)

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Adam Green
Adam Green @ club106.jpg
Green onstage in 2008
Background information
Born (1981-05-28) May 28, 1981 (age 40)
Mount Kisco, New York U.S.
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, piano, tuba
Years active1998–present

Adam Green (born May 28, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, artist and filmmaker.

Green is well known for his involvement in the anti-folk music movement and as one half of the band the Moldy Peaches, alongside fellow singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson. Green has found success as a solo artist, enjoying increasing popularity in the United States as well as a number of European countries, particularly Germany.[1]



Green attended Emerson College for one semester in 1998 before leaving to concentrate on his music, going on to co-found the Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson. In 2002, the Moldy Peaches went on hiatus, and both Green and Dawson embarked on solo careers.[2]

Green released several albums on Rough Trade Records. Among his better known songs are "Jessica" (about singer Jessica Simpson), "Novotel", "Friends of Mine", "Dance with Me", "Carolina" and "Emily", and in the UK, his cover of The Libertines track "What a Waster". "Jessica" (#63, 2004) and "Emily" (#53, 2005) both appeared in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Prior to Jacket Full of Danger in 2006, all of Green's albums had been released on the 22nd of the month.

In January 2008, the Moldy Peaches began having a resurgence in popularity, due to their music being included in the hit indie film, Juno. Most notably, a duet between Green and Dawson, the Moldy Peaches song "Anyone Else But You" was featured in the film, and also in a scene which featured the film's lead actors, Michael Cera and Elliot Page performing the song together. The soundtrack album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart on its third week of release.

In January 2010, Green released his sixth solo album, Minor Love, which was a slight departure from his previous works. Green says he wrote many of these songs in a clearer style so they were easier for the listener to understand.[4] He also says the album was slightly more produced, creating a more offsetting sound, rather than being raw, and simple like his earlier work. Later in 2010, he also released another album, Musik for a Play, which was a collection of instrumentals made for a play soundtrack.[5] For his next album, Green expressed interest in making a heavy metal-like album.

Following the release of these albums, Green took time off from making music, and focused his work as an artist and filmmaker. But he still performed during this time, even doing some shows with singer Binki Shapiro. In 2012, Green made references to an upcoming duet album with Shapiro, which was eventually announced in October 2012 on Green's website. The song "Here I Am" from the album was also made available for download online. The album was released on January 29, 2013.[6] Green is recording his next album, the soundtrack to his film Aladdin.[7]

In September 2019 Green released the album "Engine of Paradise" via Danger Mouse's record label 30th Century Records.[8]


"Hospital Bed" by Adam Green – Acrylic on Canvas – 36" x 48" – From "Cartoon And Complaint" 2012

In 2005, Green entered the professional art world with his exhibition of a series of drawings titled "Animal Dreams" at Loyal Gallery in Stockholm.[9] Green's art exhibition "Teen Tech" was displayed at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery for 10 days in April 2010 and consisting of twelve plaster sculptures, eighteen watercolor and acrylic large-scale (30" x 40") paintings, nineteen drawings, twenty collages and papier-mâché and mixed-material works.[10] A portion of "Teen Tech's" proceeds went to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice, an effort to re-create and cultivate sustainability in Haiti.[11] On June 9, 2012 Green's exhibition "Cartoon & Complaint" opened at Dustin Yellin's art center and gallery The Intercourse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.[12] In August 2012 The Hole Gallery in New York City announced that it would be showing a summer exhibition of Green's work titled "Houseface", a collection of works inspired by De Stijl and the architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Antoni Gaudí.[13] Green's Houseface paintings and sculptures were featured in a Stuart Weitzman shoe advertisement directed by James Franco entitled "Walking After Midnight".[14] Afterwards he formed an art collective named 3MB with Macaulay Culkin and Toby Goodshank. Their first exhibit Leisure Inferno opened at Le Poisson Rouge Gallery in October 2012.[15] Green kicked off 2013 with "Medieval Businessmen," an exhibit of drawings and paintings at Loyal Gallery in Sweden.[16] In July he showed his visual art for the first time in Italy with "The Yellow Show", a solo-exhibition that opened at Motel Salieri in Rome.[17] The next month he had a show in Zurich with "From A Darker Time," a show composed of older works.[18] In September 2013 Green took part in a collaborative artshow with Pete Doherty and Fionn Regan entitled "Noise Kids.[19] In November Green exhibited in Vienna at the Viertelneun Gallery showing “A Land Recombined".[20] His most recent show was at The Hole Gallery for his show "Hot Chicks".[21]


On April 4, 2011, Green released his first film, entitled The Wrong Ferarri. The project, shot entirely on iPhone, was written, directed, and performed in by Green who claims to have conceived it under the influence of ketamine.[22] Others appearing in the film included BP Fallon, Alia Shawkat, Devendra Banhart, Pete Doherty, Dev Hynes, Jeffrey Lewis, Sky Ferreira, Cory Kennedy and Macaulay Culkin.[23]

In August 2013, Green announced that his next film would be a version of Aladdin, entitled Adam Green's Aladdin.[24] The film was successfully crowdfunded through Kickstarter in the spring of 2014.[25] Filmed largely over the summer of 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Although Green was brought up in a secular Jewish home, his grandparents were very religious.[26][27] His great-grandmother, Felice Bauer, was engaged to Franz Kafka; her family fled the Nazis in the late 1930s and relocated to New York.[28]

Green's brother Joel, an astronomer, has appeared as an accompanying musician on several recordings.[29]

Green was married on July 4, 2013, to Yasmin Dolatabadi.[30] They have two daughters.

Green is a friend of the musician Carl Barât, appearing in a documentary with him in 2005. It followed the pair on a night out in London, for the European television culture channel Arte.[31]




  • "Baby's Gonna Die Tonight" (Promo 2002)
  • "Dance With Me" (2002)
  • "Jessica" (2003)
  • "Friends Of Mine" (2004)
  • "Emily" (2005)
  • "Carolina" (2005)
  • "Nat King Cole" (2006)
  • "Novotel" (Promo 2006)
  • "Morning After Midnight" (Promo / Download 2008)
  • "Twee Twee Dee" (Promo / Download 2008)
  • "What Makes Him Act so Bad" (Promo / Download 2009)
  • "Buddy Bradley" (Promo /Download 2010)
  • "Superstar Blues" (Digital 2016)
  • "Buddy Bradley" (Promo /Download 2016)
  • "Freeze My Love" (Promo /Download/ Digital 2019)
  • "Cheating on a Stranger" (Promo /Download/ Digital 2019)

Collaborations and compilations[edit]


  • Adam Green: Magazine. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2005, ISBN 3-518-12405-6



  1. ^ Benaim, Lex (March 25, 2008). "Adam Green's Teutonic Love". Village Voice. Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2008.
  2. ^ "Moldy Peaches Split, for a Bit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 235. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Arena Wien Interview". Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Interview with Bedroomdisco TV". Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "New album from Adam Green and Binki Shapiro on January 29, 2013". Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Adam Green'S Aladdin – Announcement Teaser". YouTube. January 10, 2016. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "NME Review for "Engine of Paradise"". NME. September 5, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "Adam Green "Animal Dreams"". LoyalGallery. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Adam Green's NYC Art Debut: Teen Tech at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Bowery". Sentimentalist. April 23, 2010.
  11. ^ "Adam Green comes to the Bowery". Morrison Hotel Gallery.
  12. ^ "Adam Green's 'Cartoon And Complaint' Opens At Dustin Yellin's Intercourse Gallery". The Huffington Post. June 12, 2012.
  13. ^ "ADAM GREEN, Houseface". August 3, 2012.
  14. ^ "Weitzman Walks After Midnight". Quest Magazine. October 4, 2012.
  15. ^ "3MB Collective: Macaulay Culkin, Toby Goodshank, Adam Green | (le) poisson rouge". Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Loyal – Adam Green – Medieval Businessmen". April 13, 2013. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Adam Green Motelsalieri Roma". Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  18. ^ Maja Schäfer (September 28, 2013). "Adam Green Ausstellung "From A Darker Time" in Zürich". AMPYA. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  19. ^ "Annin Arts presents Noise Kids | Volt Café | by Volt Magazine". September 26, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  20. ^ "Error2 – VIERTELNEUN Gallery & Ateliers". October 21, 2012. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  21. ^ "Adam Green And Friends "Hot Chicks"". The Hole NYC. December 21, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  22. ^ "Adam Green Explains His Macaulay Culkin–Starring, Ketamine-Influenced iPhone Movie The Wrong Ferrari". New York. April 4, 2011.
  23. ^ "Pete Doherty and Macaulay Culkin star in 'ketamine'-fuelled Adam Green film". NME. April 7, 2011.
  24. ^ Silman, Anna (August 7, 2013). "Adam Green Wants to Do a Papier-Mâché Remake of 'Aladdin' With Macaulay Culkin". Bedford+Bowery. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  25. ^ "Adam Green's Aladdin Feature Film by Adam Green — Kickstarter". Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  26. ^ Paerse, Sam (April 21, 2006). "Green And Moldy". Totally Jewish. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  27. ^ Pegg, David (February 4, 2010). "Adam Green – The Junction". Varsity. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  28. ^ "Adam Green Interview / CD-Kritik Thema". Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  29. ^ "Music: From Woodwinds to Indie Folk Rock". February 8, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  30. ^ "Twitter / AverageCabbage: My wife @yasmind trying on". Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  31. ^ "Into the Night with... Carl Barât und Adam Green (6 November 2005)". Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  32. ^ "Five Minutes With Adam Green". Archived from the original on August 3, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  33. ^ Strauss, Matthew (May 31, 2019). "Adam Green Announces New Album ft. Florence Welch, Jonathan Rado". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 31, 2019.

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