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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 40 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.

©2017 David Hepworth (P)2017 Tantor

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"Although fans may chafe at the idea that the age of the rock star has passed, they will be delighted that award-winning British journalist Hepworth covers key, sizzling moments in the lives of 40 stars flourishing from 1955 to 1995." ( Library Journal)

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INSIGHTFULL!

A very insightfull narrative ( with a slightly British perspective, which was interesting as well ) , I found myself repeatedly thinking .. “!yes ! Right ! Great observation ) great writer, great reader! Great book !

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Wanted to love this...

While this book was enjoyable and provided interesting insight regarding the concept of “rock star,” to me there was something missing...and I’m not sure what. Perhaps the stories were too brief and/or the narration lacked passion, I’m not sure. Still worth a listen, I suppose.

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good

so happy many fun times book reading memories did not know surprise! happyhappy thank you so much

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Wonderful read

Enjoyed this so much. Details of many many musicians lives and rise and fall. Recommend definitely.

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