Uncommon People

  • by David Hepworth
  • Narrated by David Hepworth
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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Uncommonly Good

The history of the rock star told through a structure which takes each year from 1955 to 1994 and follows one rock star on a day which will be hugely significant in their career. Hepworth's encylopaedic knowledge of music and consistently amusing prose style allows him to write about some great choices in a way that's both fascinating and entertaining. As with his other audible book "1971" each chapter ends with a playlist of tracks to sum up the year in question. I loved the stories; sought out tracks from the playlist (I'm reasonably knowledgable about music but Hepworth is in another league altogether and his playlists have introduced me to some great performers) and laughed like a crazy person while listening to this on public transport. Particular highlights include Little Richard's first recording session in which his producer has to find alternative lyrics to substitute for the original; wholly unpublishable; words of "tutti-frutti" and the sympathetic chapter on the profoundly damaged Janis Joplin's decision to attend her high-school reunion.

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- Jim

Another winner from David Hepworth

I very much enjoyed David Hepworth's '1971' book, and so approached this book with a degree of anticipation. I was not let down, and this title remains engaging, informative and entertaining throughout.

Hepworth takes a novel approach in that he bases the book on the most pivotal moments in popular music starting in 1959 and the fateful Buddy Holly plane crash. He then takes each subsequent year and examines a key event that would have major repercussions on popular music. So we have the first meeting of Lennon and McCartney, The UK tour of Jerry Lee Lewis that basically killed his career, The Rolling Stones finding their 'classic' line-up, the arrival of Jimi Hendrix, and so on.

Every story is well researched and expertly presented, and Hepworth keeps the listener engaged throughout.

An excellent choice for any lover of popular music
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- Colin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-06-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks