Steven Hyden

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Steven Hyden
Born (1977-09-07) September 7, 1977 (age 41)
Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Occupation Music critic, podcast host
Employer Uproxx
Notable work Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me
Twilight of the Gods

Steven Hyden (born September 7, 1977) is an American music critic. He hosts the podcast Celebration Rock and is the author of the books 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.

Early life[edit]

Steven Hyden was born on September 7, 1977[1] in Wisconsin. He graduated from Appleton East High School,[2] then the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire[3] in 2000.[2]


Hyden began his career with The Post-Crescent in 1993; then 15 years old, he contributed to a weekly section for teenagers (his first submission, hand-written, was a review of the 1993 album Zooropa by U2).[2] He continued working for the paper as an intern while in college, and then joined the staff as a full-time reporter when he graduated in 2000.[2]

He joined UPROXX as a cultural critic in July 2016.[4] He previously worked at Grantland as a staff writer and at The A.V. Club as an editor. His music criticism has been published in several other outlets including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Slate, American Songwriter and[5][6][7][8][9]


In January 2016,[2] Hyden launched the Celebration Rock podcast.[10] A new episode debuts weekly on Monday afternoon and usually runs about 50–60 minutes in length. Hyden and his guests cover topics ranging from Best Rock Albums of the '10's (so far) to hour-long interviews with artists (Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Deftones) and hosting other critics to discuss their famous works. The podcast mostly emphasizes the current rock scene, but also dives into the past with episodes and interviews about The Replacements, Cheap Trick, and others.



In 2009, Hyden was a co-author of the book Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists,[11] a collection of lists from The A.V. Club.[12]

Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?[edit]

In 2011, Hyden published the e-book Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?, a critical analysis and personal reflection on 1990s alternative rock that originally ran as a 10-part series at The A.V. Club.[13]

Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me[edit]

On May 17, 2016 Hyden released Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me, published by Back Bay Books.[14] It is a collection of essays on famous pop music rivalries throughout rock history, including Oasis versus Blur, Beatles versus Rolling Stones, and Madonna versus Cyndi Lauper.[15][16][17][18]

Twilight of the Gods[edit]

On May 1, 2018,[19] Hyden published Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock.[20][21][22][23][24] The 19-chapter book is structured to resemble a double-LP, with "tracks" divided among four "sides".[25]


Hyden is at work on a project with Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, expected out in 2019.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Hyden is married[27] and lives in Minneapolis.[2]


  1. ^ Hyden, Steven (September 7, 2017). "It's my son's 1st day of kindergarten and my 40th birthday". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Nyman, Shane (May 13, 2016). "Beatles or Stones? Answer may say a lot about you". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  3. ^ Ann Devroy Fellows, Scholarships, Academics, Communication and Journalism, UW-Eau Claire
  4. ^ "Steven Hyden". UPROXX. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Masthead | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  6. ^ Milwaukee Archived September 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Steven Hyden Archives « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Steven Hyden". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Celebration Rock by Westwood One on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  11. ^ Comet Radio #69 – Steven Hyden of The Onion A/V Club Milwaukee – Comet Branding
  12. ^ "'Obsessively Specific': The A.V. Club's Book Of Lists". Weekend Edition. NPR. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  13. ^ "Steven Hyden's 'Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?'". DangerousMinds. 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  14. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life by Steven Hyden. Back Bay, $16.99 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-316-25915-6". Publishers Weekly. February 8, 2016. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  15. ^ Light, Alan (June 1, 2016). "'Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me' and 'Your Song Changed My Life'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  16. ^ Klimek, Chris (May 2, 2016). "What do pop music rivalries reveal about the meaning of life?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  17. ^ O'Kane, Josh (June 17, 2016). "Review: Beatles or Stones? Steven Hyden's Your Favourite Band is Killing Me explores musical rivalries". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  18. ^ Hermes, Patrick Doyle,Will (2016-04-25). "3 Great Rock Books to Read This Month". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  19. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Steven Hyden. Dey Street, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-265712-1". Publishers Weekly. April 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  20. ^ Fertel, Rien (May 7, 2018). "The lily-white Twilight Of The Gods plays a requiem for the giants of classic rock". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  21. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (2018-05-28). "What Was Classic Rock?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  22. ^ "Our list of 2018's best fiction and non-fiction (so far) adds up to 50 books to read before Labor Day". Newsweek. 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  23. ^ Lannamann, Ned (May 10, 2018). "Rock 'n' Roll Requiem: Steven Hyden's Twilight of the Gods". The Stranger. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  24. ^ Gabler, Jay (May 2, 2018). "Rock and Roll Book Club: Steven Hyden's 'Twilight of the Gods'". The Current. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  25. ^ Klimek, Chris (May 10, 2018). "Review | Can classic rock survive the death of classic rock stars?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  26. ^ Nyman, Shane (May 28, 2018). "In 'Twilight of the Gods,' Appleton native examines classic-rock mythos". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  27. ^ Dykes, Bretty Michael (2016-05-18). "UPROXX 20: Steven Hyden Still Reads Websites Even After They've Insulted Him". Uproxx. Retrieved 2018-07-12.