Episode 89: This Isn’t Happening with Steven Hyden


In this latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast host Michael Shields converses with acclaimed music critic Steven Hyden. Steven is the host of the podcast Celebration Rock where he talks with rock stars and the country’s biggest music writers about what’s happening in rock. He also hosts the podcast Rivals about the most fascinating feuds in music history, and he is one of the hosts of 36 From The Vault (Osiris Media), an excellent Grateful Dead podcast. He is the author of  a few tremendous books about rock n’ roll including Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me (2016), on rivalries in pop music history, and Twilight of the Gods (2018), on the history of classic rock. He is a critic for Uproxx and previously served as staff writer at Grantland and an editor at The A.V. Club. In just a few weeks, Steven is releasing his latest book entitled This Isn’t Happening, Radiohead’s Kid A and The Beginning of the 21st Century, a book that explores the making and meaning of Radiohead’s groundbreaking, controversial, epoch-defining album, Kid A. In it, Steven digs deep into the songs, history, legacy, and mystique of Kid A, outlining the album’s pervasive influence and impact on culture, in time for its 20th anniversary. Deploying a mix of criticism, journalism, and personal memoir, Hyden skillfully revisits this enigmatic, alluring LP in his book and investigates the many ways in which Kid A shaped and foreshadowed our current world. In this episode, Michael and Steven talk about what made Kid A so special and different than anything Radio0head had released prior. They recount multiple meltdowns by the lead singer of Radio head, Thom Yorke, that directly contributed to the sound of KId A. They converse upon the unique time period that Kid A was born into, where the internet was a far different place than it is today and there existed a feeling of uncertainty in the air that can dramatically be heard on the album. They explore the struggles the band had in bringing the album to life, the unique relationship between Kid A and Radiohead’s first hit single “Creep,” and a whole lot more . All in all, Steven and Michael celebrated an album that is truly worthy of the sort of thorough examination Steven gives it in his excellent new book.

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