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Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 [9780593077627]

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The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations.

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 forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred 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.

Praise for 1971, NEVER A DULL MOMENT: Rock's Golden Year:

'David Hepworth's forensic sweep of this astonishing twelve months is thoroughly absorbing and appropriately rollicking, expertly guiding us through one miraculous year in all its breathless tumble of creation.' - Danny Baker

'A compelling love letter to a year of timeless music.' - Q

'One of the best.' - GQ

'Action-packed . . . A good mix of entertainment, insight and odd facts.' - Mojo

'Fond, funny, beautifully written and fizzing with sharp and sweeping theories that instantly feel like facts.' - Mark Ellen

'Hepworth, who wears his nostalgia on his sleeve, concedes that the music of one's youth inevitably rings most potently. Yet he is surely right that '71 marked a step change in pop history . . . Never a Dull Moment lives up to its title.' - Observer


AUTHOR: David Hepworth has been writing, broadcasting and speaking about music and media since the seventies. He was involved in the launch and editing of magazines such as Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word, among many others. He was one of the presenters of the BBC rock music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the corporation's coverage of Live Aid in 1985. He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He lives in London, dividing his time between writing for a variety of newspaper and magazines, speaking at events, broadcasting work, podcasting at www.wordpodcast.co.uk and blogging at www.whatsheonaboutnow.blogspot.co.uk. He says Chuck Berry's `You Never Can Tell' is the best record ever made. `This is not an opinion,' he says. `It's a matter of fact.'
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18-May-2017
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368
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