February 13, 2017

On Steven Hyden's "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me"



I really liked reading this book.

The format is that each chapter explores some sort of pop music feud, but even Hyden acknowledges that most of these feuds are not real (you can’t keep score except only in the crassest dollar-denominated way, maybe awards and influence but no band really goes head to head with another band).

What makes this book is that the nominal structure makes it so that the author can go off on interesting pop culture tangents.

It is like reading Klosterman fifteen years ago, before he decided to be…whatever he is now.