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“This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom–though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well–to discuss stardom and celebrity in general.”

A.L. Knight, CHOICE

This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory – both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies.

Introduction: What's in a Reader?
Introduction: What's in a reader?
SeanRedmond and SuHolmes
A Star Confessional: Georgie Best – the Belfast Boy Sean Redmond

The day that George Best – the internationally revered Irish footballer and ‘alcoholic’ star – was reported to be close to death, I emailed him at the hospital he was staying in. I was pretty sure that he wouldn't make it through the night to read it given the fact that he was slipping in and out of consciousness, and as he was receiving thousands of these messages each day, I also knew there were too many for him to read in the little time that he had left to live. And yet I felt compelled to write. In fact, although it feels rather ...

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