Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Paperback)
  • Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Paperback)
zoom

Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Paperback)

(author)
£9.99 £7.99
Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
  • Save £2.00
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

'[A] wonderful portrait of rock stardom... Hepworth's writing is sublime' - Daily Mail 

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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784162078
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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' - The Observer

You may also be interested in...

Morrissey
Added to basket
£30.00
Hardback
In My Life
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback
The Hacienda
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Rip It Up
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
So Here It Is
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite
Added to basket
Coal Black Mornings
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Set the Boy Free
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
How To Be Invisible
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
1971 - Never a Dull Moment
Added to basket
Just Kids
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Life
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Roots, Radicals and Rockers
Added to basket
What Would the Spice Girls Do?
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.99
Hardback
Beastie Boys Book
Added to basket
£32.00   £26.99
Hardback
Bohemian Rhapsody
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.