Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me
Author: Steven Hyden
Release Date: May 2016
I found myself enjoying this book for what it was (the stories of why different musical artists have feuded, and what that means about society and ourselves) but also being a bit disappointed by what it wasn’t (a comparison of the two bands, and who is the winner). Most of the fun in arguing about music is elevating one artist/album/song over another, and while this book had some of it, I would have preferred more.
Enough with the criticism though. Overall Hyden brought his easy writing style and vast knowledge of many different areas to make rivalries I didn’t care about (White Stripes vs Black Keys for instance) interesting enough to read about.
For his next book, I suggest he brings his overrated/underrated column to the next level with deep dives into band discographies.