Music critic Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life in this "highly entertaining" book (Rolling Stone) that is essential reading for all music fans.
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.
Little, Brown and Company; May 2016
- ISBN: 9780316259149
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me
- Author: Steven Hyden
Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
In The Press
"Highly entertaining.... Whatever side you take in these endless debates, Hyden's a dude worth arguing with."—Rolling Stone
About The Author
Steven Hyden has written for Uproxx, Grantland, The A.V. Club, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Slate, and Salon and is the author of Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock and Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life. He lives in Minnesota.