Uncommon People - David Hepworth. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @ amazon
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Uncommon People - David Hepworth. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @ amazon

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Found 13th Mar
Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994.

Product Description:

As heard on Radcliffe and Maconie, Danny Baker and Simon Mayo

‘Fascinating from start to finish’ Simon Mayo, Radio 2

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.

Review:

“Marvellous . . . The age of the rock star is over, and Hepworth’s never-less-than fascinating book is a more than fitting farewell” (Dylan Jones GQ)

“David Hepworth is such a clever writer . . . Uncommon People is a gorgeous read, celebratory and bittersweet, both pep rally and memorial, throbbing with insight and incident” (Julie Burchill Spectator)

“This book is a kind of elegy for a glorious but passing phase in entertainment history . . . brim[s] with insight, humour and a certain genial astringency” (Stuart Maconie Mail on Sunday)

“[A] wonderful portrait of rock stardom . . . Hepworth’s writing is sublime” (Daily Mail)

“The effect is that of faded, evocative, partisan Polaroids scattered from the memory of one obsessive music fan . . . Uncommon People emerges as part of the drive to capture, analyse and archive key moments in musical history that might otherwise vanish from popular memory before we know it” (Observer)
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Thought about it but the preview suggests this is written on the wrong side of the pond for me, clever cover to hide this bias.

Then I read this review 3 star - Some interesting snippets of information, but there are some glaring omissions and I found the writing style pretentious and overly opinionated.
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deleted135197513th Mar

Thought about it but the preview suggests this is written on the wrong …Thought about it but the preview suggests this is written on the wrong side of the pond for me, clever cover to hide this bias.Then I read this review 3 star - Some interesting snippets of information, but there are some glaring omissions and I found the writing style pretentious and overly opinionated.


Fair enough. My opinion is I wouldn’t buy it. But someone on HUKD may be interested hence the spirit of the site
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