Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of 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?
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Each chapter is a meandering music + [whatever seems relevant at the time] discussion framed in the context of some kind of a rivalry between the artists. Some rivalries are real--like, they were popular at the sam ...more
Anyway, this is the second book from a former Grantland writer that I've read this year (the other one being Shea Serrano's hilarious/essential The Rap Year Book), and, at the risk of seeming like some sort of ...more
the thing is, it's a fun piece of ephemera. i enjoyed it, i learned some stuff, but ultimately there was no point to most of what he was writing. he was reaching quite a bit on some of the larger themes he was trying to draw upon. some of his references were too self-congratulatory.
also, considering that t ...more
It made me laugh (Jack White's pettiness in the White Stripes vs. the black Keys), it made me cry (the Michael Jackson vs. Prince chap ...more
The best and most surprisingly poignant example of this concept is an anecdote about NJ governor Chris Christie. Christie is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, and as two ...more
1. Yes vs. Genesis
2. Adele vs. Amy Winehouse
3. Beach Boys vs. Jan & Dean
4. Bob Dylan vs. the Byrds
5. The Smiths vs. The Cure
6. The Replacements vs. Husker Du
7. John Lennon vs. Paul McCartney
But I suppose he had an editor...
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1. I love the subject matter - popular music is very important to me, and
2. Hyden is genuinely funny. So funny, in fact, that he kept me interested even when talking about musicians and bands that I either don't like or haven't listened too.
Beatles or Stones? Michael Jackson or Prince? Tupac or Biggie? Oasis or Blur? The Who or Led Zeppelin? One of the pleasures of musical obsession, and which applies to fans of any art form, is arguing about which band is better. The possibilities opened up by musical rivalries are endless, wide ranging, and can lead to fights or epiphanies, depending on the company you keep.
I have friends, for example, who swear by the unsurpassable excellence of The Who but find Zeppelin to be unlistenable gar ...more
Here's the review I want to write:
It's a fun bit of mental masturbation that was recommended to me because I adore Chuck Klosterman's pop culture analyses, but it lacks the oomph of grand-daddy Klosterman's work. It is Klosterman-like, though. Call it Klosterman-lite. Hyden is a touch less witty and reveals less personality in his writing, so while Klosterman's pieces often shine ...more
Pearl Jam was music for frat boys? Didn't realize it at the time. Thought they were mountainy, lumberjack hard rockers. Maybe it's because I was raised in the mountains and cut down a tree once.
I'm on the fence with the Oasis/Blur thing, but lean toward working-class Oasis even though they are probably tools. Blur have their moments, but they pretty much speak for England. "Park Life" will never resonate in California.
I appreciate artists who are experimental ...more
it was kinda heavy in the way that you couldn't really marathon it and some things he talked about didn't really interest me at all (or i was too young/not american enough to get them, i suppose). other parts of this book i actually really liked, i laughed out loud at some things and i really found myself musing over stuff and learning things about popular culture that i didn't know before.
And yes, okay, the subtitle is a little grandios ...more
Anyway, there are some ...more
This book is a bit of an anthology - sixteen essays that can stand alone, on sixteen different, notable rivalries from the last fifty years of pop music. As a result, the reader can shrug off a lesser chapter without losing faith in the whole; on the flipside, Hyden isn't able to advance some grand argument that reaches a satisfying conclusion near book's end (though avoid an overly-forced, overarching argument might, of course, be a good thing). Rather than a multi-course meal, this is sixteen...more