DEAD FAMOUS: AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF CELEBRITY FROM BRONZE AGE TO SILVER SCREEN
Greg Jenner in conversation with Anna Carey
01/10/2020 at 7:00pm
Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, appears hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling, titillating, and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. In this entertaining history, that spans the Bronze Age to Hollywood’s Golden Age, Greg Jenner assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity’s historical roots. He reveals why celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, how it differs to ancient ideas of fame, the techniques through which it was acquired, how it was maintained, the effect it had on public tastes, and the psychological burden stardom could place on those in the glaring limelight.
Greg Jenner is a public historian, broadcaster, and author. He is the Historical Consultant to BBC’s award-winning Horrible Histories TV series and also hosts the chart-topping BBC comedy podcast You’re Dead To Me.
Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen by Greg Jenner is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshop – https://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/
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