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Summary

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 100 myths and create 100 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 Random House Audiobooks

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Bliss

One of those books that you are slightly bereft when it finishes. Hepworth has a point of view which he expresses beautifully through stories and his own recollection. It’s detailed but fantastically entertaining. A high point was his account of the death of Kurt Cobain. The description of what Elvis’ life was like before he died was so engaging I became almost depressed. I loved every minute.

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An entertaining read from a genuine fan

Loved this. A series of insightful, reflective articles about a bygone era written and read by someone knows and cares about his subject. More than just a nostalgia fest.

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Excellent

Excellent book... would highly recommend for music fans. Very well told and really interesting stories.

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Riveting book!! Highly recommended!!

Fabulously entertaining with a wealth of knowledge delivered in a concise way. So many interesting facts and insights make this book a fabulous addition to anyone’s library. I highly recommend this book!!

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A riveting and trenchant listen.

An excellent romp through four decades of pomposity and misdemeanor and an enjoyable litany of hoary rock anecdotes which are told with a freshness and a cynical overtone.

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Cracking book

I had this audiobook for a while because I liked the look of it but never quite made it round to listening to it. I finally started it the other day and couldn’t stop.

Every chapter concentrates on a specific year and a musician for that year. The stories the book tells are intriguing and entertaining. And the insights into the people and the lives of the “rock stars” in question are eye opening.

The book made me listen to the songs related to each artist and unearthed some hidden gems I’d never heard before.

A great book I never wanted to end focusing on a subject matter that is now dead in the social media era.

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Like a cultural trip through time.

Fantastic. I am not a big music fan at all but I really enjoyed this book. The structure of 40 key points over 40 years made it very bingeable. It was like 40 mini autobiographies with a lot of interesting facts about interesting people. Well researched and well read. Even better than I hoped it would be.

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Excellent work, essential for music fans.

Well presented, with many interesting viewpoints and anecdotes. Hepworth has an engaging style. Thoroughly recommended.

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Absolutely fascinating.

My only complaint is it could of been twice as long & still as good.

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Well researched and presented

If you could sum up Uncommon People in three words, what would they be?

For a Generation

What did you like best about this story?

The presentation of facts about the music industry spanning a very long time

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Zeppelin/Sabbath stuff but all good really

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I wanted it to last

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in rock/pop music especially those born in the 50s and 60s who lived the same period as the author. I listened to this whist driving and it helped pass the journey and thought it to be a brilliant and entertaining book. My only criticism is that the author has a tendency to drop his voice for the one word during the more sensational revelations as if he is almost embarrassed by what he is saying and consequently you can miss the punchline.

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