Uncommon People by David Hepworth
The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars

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Is Uncommon People another blast from the publishing wing of dad rock? Well, yes and no. Just as a heritage industry has sprung up around music (old acts playing old hits to old fans), so too have books like these – accounts of times gone by, written by and for people who give a damn. I, for one, am glad of them.
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An elegy to the age of the Rock Star, featuring Chuck Berry, Elvis, Madonna, Bowie, Prince, and more, uncommon people whose lives were transformed by rock and who, in turn, shaped our culture

Recklessness, thy name is rock.

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.

 

About David Hepworth

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David Hepworth is a music journalist, writer, and publishing industry analyst who has launched several successful British magazines. He presented the definitive BBC rock music program Whistle Test and anchored the coverage of Live Aid in '85. He has won Editor and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He is the radio columnist for the Guardian and a media correspondent for the newspaper.
 
Published November 7, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Barbara Ellen on May 15 2017

Is Uncommon People another blast from the publishing wing of dad rock? Well, yes and no. Just as a heritage industry has sprung up around music (old acts playing old hits to old fans), so too have books like these – accounts of times gone by, written by and for people who give a damn. I, for one, am glad of them.

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