Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me

Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me

What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life

Book - 2016
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One of Amazon's Best Books of 2016 So Far

Music critic Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life

Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Who do you choose? And what does that say about you? Actually--what do these endlessly argued-about pop music rivalries say about us ?

Music opinions bring out passionate debate in people, and Steven Hyden knows that firsthand. Each chapter in YOUR FAVORITE BAND IS KILLING ME focuses on a pop music rivalry, from the classic to the very recent, and draws connections to the larger forces surrounding the pairing.

Through Hendrix vs. Clapton, Hyden explores burning out and fading away, while his take on Miley vs. Sinead gives readers a glimpse into the perennial battle between old and young. Funny and accessible, Hyden's writing combines cultural criticism, personal anecdotes, and music history--and just may prompt you to give your least favorite band another chance.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316259156
Branch Call Number: 306.48423 H9952Y 2016
Characteristics: x, 294 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 24, 2016

I found this book painful to read. I felt it said little about the so-called rivalries, went off on tangents other than the rivals, and lack clear continuity. And the author throws in irrelevant f-bombs where they're really not necessary. I'm not a prude, and I'm a long time and knowledgeable music fan (in my 60s), but this book doesn't cut it.
I've read several chapters, but can't waste my time to finish the book, so 'll return it to the library. Not a recommended read.


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