Steven Hyden's book is insightful and sometimes very funny about the reasons people have for picking one musical act over the other (e.g. Beatles vs Stones; Nirvana vs Pearl Jam; Prince vs Michael Jackson). Passionate music fans will find a lot to enjoy and argue about.
— Len, Chicago ORD
One of Amazon's Best Books of 2016 So Far Music critic Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life 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.
About the Author
Steven Hyden has written for Grantland, The A.V. Club, "Rolling Stone, Pitchfork," "Slate, "and "Salon. "He lives in Minnesota.