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
Sometimes the prose is sort of purple, and, like every piece of cultural criticism that name checks Joseph Campbell, the “hero’s journey” stuff becomes quickly embarrassing. Still, Hyden’s thoughts on “the death of rock” are probably going to be my go to reference whenever that old assertion is thrown at me next.
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.
Hyden presents an entertaining look at his journey through the mythology and reality of classic rock, beginning as a teenager listening to the radio and collecting tapes. He winkingly likens it to the heroes journey, beginning with his adolescence and yearning to understand the music he loves, but he is not blind by the limits and foibles of the genre. While people bemoan the loss of the stature of rock music in the modern day pop structure, the author is willing to cast a critical eye as people ...more
Despite being a few years older than me, Hyden's experiences of being a neophyte classic-rock fan in a small town in the Midwest in the early 1990's hit so close to home that I'm beginning to believe he just might be my brother from another mother. If there's any justice in the world, this book will mean as much to today's young awkward rock fans as the 1987 Rolling Stone "100 Best Albums of the Last 20 Years" list meant to us. (I should note that I won an advance copy of this book from Good Rea ...more
I quite enjoy Steven Hyden's writing. It's extremely current and is always partly autobiographical, but when you're examining a topic as broad as classic rock, you need to filter it through your own perspective. Hyden does this magnificently. This is by no means comprehensive (Hyden's acknowledgements at the end of the book even rattle off a list of bands and artists he wishes he'd covered more in depth), but it's a fun read, and that's what you're here for. You go to a book like this to read so ...more
Just wonderful. From growing up with classic rock as back ground music to running errands with my mom in our station wagon to all the years hence, this music is a part of me. I loved this book from start to finish.
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
Hyden is in a lot of ways like reading Chuck Klosterman light, same inflections and intonations, similar interests, maybe slightly less intelligent. I have only a passing interest in classic rock (based almost entirely around the beatles and Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys,) but I found it an entertaining read all the same.