Friday, 13 July 2018
Uncommon People: The rise and fall of the rock stars by David Hepworth
So what makes a Rock star, a Rock Star? Different musicians have different ideas about stardom just like you or I. TVs thrown out windows, Rolls Royces in swimming pools, drugged-up parties.
The Rolling Stones, Bowie, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen etc. they have all added their own spin on the phrase.
Hepworth has written a year by year look at the music industry and the names that were big in that period. This a well written snap-shot on rock history. He also gives you a playlist for each year so you can go and search for the music of the period. Even if you listen to it in a digital format.
Music of course today is different, it’s all Disneyfied or record company label created. Occasionally a lone voice like Lana Del Ray will pop up and sear the landscape but overall it’s pretty boring.
A quote in the book says pop stars are only as good as the songs but rock stars will go on forever.
He’s not wrong.
So: Un-Common people is a reference to Common People by Pulp.
Check out the full lyrics on Google Lyrics; the Pulp video on YouTube; or for extra credits the William Shatner version of the same song on YouTube.
Posted by Rob M
Catalogue link: Uncommon People