“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.

‘Ozzy Worked for Those Bleeping Doors with the Crosses on Them’: The Osbournes as Social Class Narrative1

‘Ozzy worked for those bleeping doors with the crosses on them’: The osbournes as social class narrative


In the winter of 2002, The Osbournes debuted on MTV, achieving the highest first episode audience ratings in the history of the network. Following the day-to-day lives of rock star Ozzy Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, daughter Kelly, and son Jack), The Osbournes received a tremendous amount of media attention because of the warts-and-all approach to the subject matter. Touted as a reality sit-com, The Osbournes has been called ‘Rock-‘n’-roll fantasy meets take-out-the-trash reality’ (Poniewozik 2002: 64) and ‘funnier than the Simpsons… freakier than the Munsters… scarier than the Bushes’ (Hedegaard ...

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