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Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock

Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock

Written by Steven Hyden

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor


Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock

Written by Steven Hyden

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

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10 hours
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May 8, 2018
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9780062797810
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Description

The author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me offers an eye-opening and frank assessment of the state of classic rock, assessing its past and future, the impact it has had, and what it's loss would mean to an industry, a culture, and a way of life.

Since the late 1960s, a legendary cadre of artists—including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and the Who—has revolutionized popular culture and the sounds of our lives. While their songs still get airtime and some of these bands continue to tour, its idols are leaving the stage permanently. Can classic rock remain relevant as these legends die off, or will this major musical subculture fade away as many have before, Steven Hyden asks.

In this mix of personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Hyden stands witness as classic rock reaches the precipice. Traveling to the eclectic places where geriatric rockers are still making music, he talks to the artists and fans who have aged with them, explores the ways that classic rock has changed the culture, investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio, and turns to live bootlegs, tell-all rock biographies, and even the liner notes of rock's greatest masterpieces to tell the story of what this music meant, and how it will be remembered, for fans like himself.

Twilight of the Gods is also Hyden's story. Celebrating his love of this incredible music that has taken him from adolescence to fatherhood, he ponders two essential questions: Is it time to give up on his childhood heroes, or can this music teach him about growing old with his hopes and dreams intact? And what can we all learn from rock gods and their music—are they ephemeral or eternal?

Publisher:
Released:
May 8, 2018
ISBN:
9780062797810
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Steven Hyden is the author of Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Billboard, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Grantland, The A.V. Club, Slate and Salon. He is currently the cultural critic at UPROXX, and the host of the Celebration Rock podcast. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.  


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  • (4/5)
    "Twilight of the God"s is a fairly comprehensive history and recap of the whole rock band era that the passage of time will soon be bringing to a close if author Steven Hyden is correct. I found Hyden's descriptions of the various bands, including an explanation of why he ranked them as either significant contributors to the genre or as mere side notes, to be interesting. But I was only ever a fan of a handful of the bands featured in the book, so I'm probably not the author's target audience. That said, I did learn a lot about the culture of the bands and what made them tick, even though I'm not left with the motivation to go back and listen to a lot of the music.If you are a fan of classic rock or "dad rock" (an interesting term the author explains in detail), however, this book should interest you. Steven Hyden has been a rock band fan his whole life, and it shows in his enthusiasm about the subject.