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Uncommon people : the rise and fall of the rock stars

Author: David Hepworth
Publisher: London : Black Swan, 2018. ©2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Hepworth
ISBN: 9781784162078 1784162078
OCLC Number: 1031347111
Notes: First published: London : Bantam Press, 2017.
Description: xvii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 20 cm.
Contents: September 14, 1955, Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana : Enter the first rock star --
September 26, 1956, from Memphis to Tupelo : The first rock idol --
July 6, 1957, Woolton Village Fete, Liverpool, England : The first rock fans form a band --
May 22, 1958, London Airport, England : A bad boy flies in --
February 3, 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa : A good boy flies out --
July 1, 1960, London, England : Enter the guitar hero --
September 25, 1961, Gerde's Folk City, New York City : A boy invents himself --
September 28, 1962, Sefton Street, Liverpool, England : The man who fit in --
May 1, 1963, London, England : The man who didn't fit in --
December 23, 1964, Los Angeles airport : The rock star as tragic genius --
September 26, 1965, Aarhus, Denmark : The rock band as perpetual drama --
October 1, 1966, Central London Polytechnic, England : A new sheriff in town --
June 18, 1967, Monterey, California : The first female rock star --
May 15, 1968, New York City : The view from Olympus --
August 9, 1969, Birmingham, England : The devil's business --
June 24, 1970, New York City : Rock god embraces the occult --
May 16, 1971, New York City : The comeback --
July 26, 1972, Madison Square Garden, New York City : Rock goes high society --
July 3, 1973, Hammersmith, London, England : A "rock star" retires --
August 6, 1974, 914 Studios, Blauvelt, New York : Rock in a complicated world --
July 18, 1975, the Lyceum, London, England : The best rock isn't always rock --
July 4, 1976, Tampa, Florida : The X-factor --
August 16, 1977, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee : Death is good for business --
December 9, 1978, London, England : A raspberry on top of the charts --
August 4, 1979, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England : Twilight of the gods --
December 8, 1980, New York City : Death by fan --
August 13, 1981, Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middlesex, England : Sex, violence, and television --
March 19, 1982, Leesburg, Florida : Road fever --
September 31, 1983, the Continental Hyatt House, Hollywood, California : The absurdity of rock stars --
January 27, 1984, the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California : A superstar on fire --
July 13, 1985, Wembley Stadium, London, England : From dumper to sainthood --
July 16, 1986, Madison Square Garden, New York City : Rock royalty up close --
August 1, 1987, Greyhound bus station, Hollywood and Vine, Los Angeles, California : Looking the part --
September 9, 1988, Sotheby's, London, England : Elton John clears out his closet --
March 21, 1989, United States of America : Clean and sober --
May 29, 1990, Toronto SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Rock star as celeb --
November 24, 1991, Kensington, London, England : The party's over --
May 7, 1992, Tokyo, Japan : Man overboard --
June 7, 1993, Minneapolis, Minnesota : Career suicide --
April 5, 1994, Seattle, Washington : The last rock star --
August 9, 1995, Mountain View, California : Revenge of the nerds.
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As heard on BBC 6 Music with Shaun Keveny, BBC Radio 5 Live and Talk Radio with Eamonn HolmesThe age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed.  Read more...

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"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 . . Read more...

 
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