The day the rock star died

The day the rock star died

Music: Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars, By David Hepworth, Bantam Press, €16.10

When introducing a new talent to the world, the music press loves to bandy about terms such as “the new U2” or “the new Bruce Springsteen”. But in recent years, invariably those much-hyped musicians go on to disappoint, their stars fading as swiftly as they have risen.

Where are the rock stars of the future? What will happen when McCartney, Jagger, Plant et al play out their final encore? Who will replace them?

Nobody, according...

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