A New York Times Book Review "New and Noteworthy" selectionOne of Newsweek's 50 Best Books of 2018Awise meditation on why classic rock stars keep trucking, both on the road and in our dreams. Every page is an irresistible argument starter.Rob Sheffield, Rolling StoneThe author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had, and what its loss would mean to an industry, a culture, and a way of life.Since the late 1960s, a legendary cadre of artistsincluding the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and the Whohas 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 rocks 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 Hydens 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 musicare they ephemeral or eternal?...
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Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock Reviews
I'll admit it right up front: I'm the demographic for this book. I have been a fan of Hyden's writing since I first encountered it on The A.V. Club and I listen to his current podcast, Celebration Rock. This is his second book and in it he grapples with his relationship with classic rock, examining its strengths and flaws. It helps that he's really funny throughout the book; for example, he refers to David Bowie in the his Thin White Duke phase as a "sentient line of blow"...and in his chapter o ...more
Twilight of the Gods by Steven Hyden is a 2018 Dey Street Books publication.
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This is yet another of a spate of recently released books, lamenting the death of rock music, seeming to finally admit and accept, that the rock icons still living are the last of a dying breed- no pun intended. In the past couple of years, we have lost some heavy hitters, which has left us to face the sobering reality that once those huge icons like Paul McCartney, The Stones, and Bob Dyl ...more
I wish I could do 1/2 stars, because I'd give this 3 1/2 stars. Steven Hyden is a terrific writer and a solid critic. His first book, Your Band Is Killing Me, used the concept of rivalries in music to make observations outside of the realm of music. It was somewhat akin to Chuck Klosterman.
On this book, Hyden takes on classic rock in a manner that looks less outward, as the subject means so much to him. It certainly makes me understand where he comes from as a critic. But as someone with about ...more
I won a copy of this book.
What do you do when all of your favorite rock stars are aging and dying? Steven Hyden talks to those aging rockers and their fans in the twilight of their lives.
I am a Gen-Xer and I was able to relate to Hyden as he was watching many of his favorite bands (many created before either of us was born, but we both found in our early teens) are retiring or dying. Personally, I'd prefer to remember these bands as they were - when the music was created - and not now, as the g ...more
You kids don’t know Grand Funk? The wild shirtless lyrics of Mark Farner? The bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher? The competent drumwork of Don Brewer?
Steve Hyden examines what classic rock means in 2018, now that the music world is completely different, the culture is pretty different, and the rock stars of yesteryear are dropping like flies.
I probably wouldn't read this book if it had been written by someone who had lived through the classic rock age, as I don't need any more Boomer navel gaz ...more
it's quite reminiscent of chuck klosterman's fargo rock city, but it goes further back and includes far more research, although the sense of humor and personal reflection remains. also, as the subtitle hints, it's a look at what happens when these classic rock artists shuffle off the mortal coil: where do we go from here? there are so few stadium or arena-ready rock acts, making the future of classic rock in a sort of limbo.
Twilight of the Gods is an awesome read from cover to cover. Definitely enjoyed pretty much every page and will read it again down the road. This book is an ode to the art for, known as classic rock and a must read for anyone who grew up before the advent of Napster and Spotify changed the music world. Hyden draws the period from Sgt. Pepper to now as the classic rock period and sees that era changing because people now make playlists and don't buy albums, which used to occupy a hallowed place i ...more
To put "Twilight of the Gods" in a perspective that Steven Hyden would appreciate: it is the "Goat's Head Soup" of rock books. Let me explain.
If you have an interest in "Twilight of the Gods," you are undoubtedly familiar with the Rolling Stones' "Goats Head Soup". "Goats Head Soup" is many things -- underrated and overrated -- precisely because it contains both great songs and terrible songs. (This is the band that created "Exile on Main Street"?)
Hyden's "Twilight of the Gods" alternates betwee ...more