- The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994
- Narrated by: David Hepworth
- Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-29-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had.
What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course.
In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of 40 rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst 100 myths and create 100 more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn't just their story. It's ours as well.
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By Dr. P. A. Tissington on 11-23-17
One of those books that you are slightly bereft when it finishes. Hepworth has a point of view which he expresses beautifully through stories and his own recollection. It’s detailed but fantastically entertaining. A high point was his account of the death of Kurt Cobain. The description of what Elvis’ life was like before he died was so engaging I became almost depressed. I loved every minute.
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By Baz on 05-14-18
An entertaining read from a genuine fan
Loved this. A series of insightful, reflective articles about a bygone era written and read by someone knows and cares about his subject. More than just a nostalgia fest.
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By Jim Parker on 01-12-18
Endearingly Cynical Boomer Take on Rock Era
Anyone who grew up with rock music (particularly those of born between about 1950 and 1965) will adore this funny, acerbic, yet affectionate telling of the era of the rock star, starting from Little Richard in the mid-50s to Kurt Cobain in the early ‘90s. The writer, veteran UK rock journalist David Hepworth, is perfectly placed to tell the story, having had a Zelig-like presence at so many of the key moments described within. Each chapter covers a year at a time from 1955-1995, each focusing on one star at a pivotal point in their careers - whether on the up or on the long slide down. In each vignette, Hepworth takes one point in time to extrapolate out to the bigger themes of the book - the obsessive, highly insecure, hugely ambitious nature of the ‘rock star’ and the unbearable expectations we placed on them. There are some monsters in this book (the Led Zeppelin machine), some pathetically sad and lonely people (Cobain) and some outright psychopaths (Keith Moon). But as Hepworth says, that was how it had to be. That was why they were there and we are here. If you were only to read one book about the now long gone ‘rock era’, make it this one.