From scandalous Lord Byron to cheetah-owning Sarah Bernhardt, early celebrities were just as thrilling and controversial as modern day stars. In DEAD FAMOUS, author Greg Jenner explores the historical roots of celebrity culture, from Bronze Age demigods to Hollywood's Golden Age. With over 125 actors, singers, dancers, and sportspeople included, this fascinating and funny read reveals how fame emerged in the early eighteenth century, its effect on public tastes, and the psychological burden of stardom. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of popular culture.
First Published in 2020
2020-07-13T10:22:13.000Zone of the book-launches that got scuppered by the pandemic, "Dead Famous" is just SUCH a historically-nutritious hoot, as you'd expect from a Horrible Histories guy. – source
2020-12-12T16:12:20.000ZDEAD FAMOUS Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling, titillating, and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. @greg_jenner reveals all in this joyous rollick through history! – source
2021-10-23T17:07:17.000ZExciting! @greg_jenner’s last book Dead Famous was brilliant. Imma listen to this one. – source
2020-10-23T14:00:19.000ZHi maybe read a book on the history of celebrities before you mouth off this utter BS? Try Dead Famous by @greg_jenner it’s brilliant and we’ve been obsessed w what celebs thought for HUNDREDS of years. – source