And then, in the penultimate chapter we get Nirvana’s arrival in 1994. “Kurt Cobain was a genuine rock star, possibly the last one.” notes Hepworth.
Hepworth correlates the birth and death of the “true rock stars” with the rise and fall of the post-war record industry. He also explains that when they first come around in the 1950s they weren’t actually known by this term. “Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and the like were coming out of nowhere, they might as easily have been called hillbilly cats, rhythm and blues shouters, specialists in western bop, plain pop singers or promoters of dance crazes.” he notes.