Has the age of the rock star, like the age of the gunslinging cowboy, now passed and been consigned to the history books? That’s the question David Hepworth asks in his new book, following on from last year’s ‘1971- Never a Dull Moment’
Hepworth examines the defining moments in the lives and careers of forty rock stars, one for each year from 1955-1995, choosing one defining day to encapsulate their continuing influence not just on the music world, but on society as a whole. Far from the intrusion of 24 hour news, social media and camera phones, and insulated from the reality of everyday existence, rock stars seemed like gods to the mere mortals who attended their shows and bought their records, which were periodically handed down to an adoring public like messages from the gods on Mount Olympus.
Starting with Little Richard, he works his way through obvious choices such asThe Beatles, Dylan, Stones and less obvious ones like Ian Stewart, Ian Dury and Randy Rhoads. En route he touches on cultural changes such as the rise of MTV, Live Aid and the coming of the digital age. Even Spinal Tap get a chapter, a jokey example » Continue Reading.