Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock
A New York Times Book Review "New and Noteworthy" selection
“A wise 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 Stone
The author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its...more
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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
Those kids Townshend refers to are all well now north of 50 – hell, I’m 61 and was one of those kids for whom life without rock and roll certainly wouldn't have been worth living - which brings us to the premise of this book , quite simple really, that the clock is running out on the last generation dedicated to better living through electri ...more
I’m always glad when someone a lot smarter than me cares a lot more about something I like and chooses to write about it. It’s the same as having a good meal with a true foodie. They heighten the experience by pointing out the stuff you can sense but can’t describe.
Even if you don’t want to read this book, or Hayden in particular, I hope you have critic in your life that jives with your sensibilities.
- no common thread running through the book to connect the various snippets and back-stories about classic rock- some interesting, but most you already have heard/read
- the author- while noted as published and a critic and by those standards could be qualified to write such a book, I couldn't get beyond the fact this ...more
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
A lot of great stuff, that I really connected with, but also a fair amount that I didn't - mainly, because of the bands covered. When it was a band I was familiar with, I was all-in; when I wasn't familiar with the band, or not a fan of their work, then my attention drifted. Also, the first few chapters could get a bit bogged down with setting things up for the later chapters.
If you're a fan of music, I'm sure you'll find a lot to like, but sometimes this will depend on your interest in the ...more
Most of your big ...more
Readers will agree with some of it and disagree with some of it, which is the whole point, and I general ...more
It doesn't matter if you burn out or fade away
Because we all die, oh yeah
Neil Young once said something like that?
Steven Hyden isn't the first person to notice the curious fascination classic rock has with time and death. But what makes "Twilight of the Gods" special is that, as a member of Generation X, Hyden came to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Springsteen, Bob Seger, et al as someone "out of time," a kid who thought this stuff was eternal, that it ...more
I, too, spent my teen and college years reading collections of pop/rock criticism (Dave Marsh! Lester Bangs! Greil Marcus! Ed Ward!) and loving classic rock before being able to move forward to the more adventurous stuff. I, too, noticed that sometime in the mid/late 1980s rock seemed to lose itself in self-inflicted nostalgia, with the old standard-bearers suddenly unsure of what to do with themselves and the new folks making carbon copies of the already-car ...more
Anyway, highly recommended for fans of classic rock especially.