Uncommon People

Uncommon People

The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars

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Presents an elegy to the age of the rock star that explores the defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, including Chuck Berry, Elvis, Madonna, David Bowie, and Prince.

McMillan Palgrave

Named one of the best music books of 2017 by The Wall Street Journal

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.



Baker
& Taylor

The award-winning music journalist and author of Never a Dull Moment presents an elegy to the age of the rock star that explores the defining moments and turning points in the lives of 40 rock stars from 1955 to 1995, including Chuck Berry, Elvis, Madonna, David Bowie and Prince.

Publisher: New York, NY : Henry Holt & Company, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250124128
1250124123
Branch Call Number: 781.66092 H412u 2017
Characteristics: xii, 305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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caseybelle
Feb 27, 2018

A singular look at what a "rock star" is, was, and might never be again. Each chapter is an eventful period in time and concludes with a comprehensive playlist that one can transcribe (288 songs, 16hrs., 3 days to complete from my library, yikes). However, as a insight into what preoccupies adults looking for validation of (mis)spent youth, this book is a worm on the hook.

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