David Kynaston has a very good review of what sounds to be a very good book: Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars by David Hepworth. A key passage from the Hepworth book:
“The age of the rock star ended with the passing of physical product, the rise of automated percussion, the domination of the committee approach to hit-making, the widespread adoption of choreography and, above all, the advent of the mystique-destroying internet,” he argues. “The age of the rock star was coterminous with rock’n’roll, which, in spite of all the promises made in some memorable songs, proved to be as finite as the era of ragtime or big bands. The rock era is over. We now live in a hip-hop world.”
If true, how sad.