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Ought Overall this one is 4 stars I thought this might be an entertaining but erudite discussion of stardom and celebrity It s written in a scholarly dry way obviously a class text book There was nothing Entertaining It At All When The about it at all When the was saying that a celebrity just famous for being famous and a star has to have shown accomplishment I thought that this just isn t going to be inline with my thinking There are many Hollywood to be inline with my thinking There are many Hollywood rock stars who have accomplished only having a brilliant production and pr team behind them and who have no talent for anything at all witness their fast fading from the public eye when their face no onger fits Excuse me I forgot that a faded star then becomes a Z Kicking It (Alex Craft, list celebrity to appear on some kind of reality show or opening a newocal supermarket storeYawn to as to why Bill Clinton was a Rock Star but Ronald Reagan wasn t HIllary isn t either Trump might be depends on your definition Being a Rock Star is about celebrity not whether you Homeport like them or notThen there is the political influence of rock stars v celebrities This is ridiculous Have you ever heard Kim Kardashian interviewed Yet there she goes to the White House no doubt to have her plastic assets admired When Rock Stars mix in politics they take themselves too seriously Too many yes men have made them feel that they are important but the media will pay attention Not at their words but because the star power of say Bono or Sting will sell papers will attract your attention to the ads right next to the article Justike the very unmodel Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose looking children of the famousike the top model Lily Rose Depp nearly 5 3 and the miserable The Donovan Legacy (Donovans looking 5 9 Brooklyn Beckham I thought even if this book gets to what it considers the meat and bones of it s thesis we aren t going to agree Because at root if the papparazzi can sell pics of you forots of money then what you say what you do how you Breaking Down (The Garage, look how you got there isn t even relevant Your fame be it ephemeral or enduring is all that counts A discussion of whether Princess Diana was a Rock Star or a Celebrity is just irrelevantSo dnf d Also I didn tike the writing It was dry and frustrating to read Shumway identifies people and a couple of groups as stars musicians who transcended a single medium and whether on their own volition or through the careful crafting of their record companies embodied an ethos that their audiences embraced as than entertainmen. Plicitly political figures than were the stars of Hollywood's studio era Rock stars over are icons of change though not always progressive whose public personas read ike texts produced collaboratively by the performers themselves their managers and record companies These stars thrive in a variety of media including recorded music concert performance dress staging cover art films television video print and othersFilled with memorable photographs Rock Star will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history.
download Rock StarRock Star by David Shumway is a 2014 John Hopkins University Press Publication I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review From the beginning of the book starting with the forward I could tell this was not the ordinary pop culture book It was in the beginning what amounted to a bunch of psychobabble about rock stars taking on the female sex symbol roles and marketing themselves as sexual objects While some of that marketing bit was probably true the rest of it was ridiculous and didn t really
"make a ot "a ot sense to me However we finally moved past all that into the meat of the book You can t start off talking about rock stars without beginning with Elvis His impact was of enormous significance on how the public perceived musicians While Elvis didn t delve into politics he was the clay that molded the future for rock musicians to become so powerful that rock stars became the status everyone wanted to achieve even if they were not musicians People in politics authors actors athletes are often compared to rock stars Authors are my rock stars He was followed around Passionate Kisses Boxed Set like a rock star You are my rock star How did rock stars manage to achieve this status I agreed with all of the choices the author made His examples were well chosen James Brown of course had political impact and was significant in stopping riots and keeping crowds calm during some very tense times Great choice I enjoyed the segment and found the ups and downs of James Brown inspirational at times and sad at other times Bob Dylan Joni Mitchell were great choices Bob for obvious reasons and Joni for her fierce stance on women s rights and refusing to beabeled something I applaud Other names Destiny and Power like The Grateful Dead may not seemike a rock star type band but if Dead may not seem My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, like a rock star type band but if think about the phenomenal impact this group had without much radio airplay and theow key type music they played and their The Café Book lack of style concerning their attire it s incredible howoyal their fans were This group Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, literally had people following them from town to town as they playedive shows Not the typical female groupie but bus oads of people male and female I don t know if a band since then ever experienced that type of following Some stars sang about changes some acted by example some simply rode the waves The songs the styles the way people were swayed by their opinions is certainly something that politicians and. All stars are celebrities but not all celebrities are stars states David Shumway in the introduction to Rock Star an informal history of rock stardom This deceptively simple statement belies the complex definition and meaning of stardom and specifically of rock icons Shumway ooks at the careers and cultural egacies of seven rock stars in the context of popular music and culture Elvis Presley James Brown Bob Dylan the Rolling Stones the Grateful Dead Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen Granted there are many names that fall into the rock. Figures of authority would never have predicted but soon earned to take advantage of their power for their own means We dressed ike our favorite singers we hung on their every
word we emulated their hairstyles and if they said vote for this or that we wouldwe emulated their hairstyles and if they said vote for this or that we would uestion A rock star meeting the president in the white to discuss the issues the star was passionate about is mind boggling Really How can your power get any greater However as we moved out of the turbulent sixties and seventies the war over and times gentle the rock star still had all power over other types of fame or celebrity but as we creeped into the nineties the climate begin to change slowly at first but when Kurt Cobain committed suicide it seemed the rock star symbol died Along With Him Not Since His Death Has There Really with him Not since his death has there really another true rock star emerge that demanded we follow their style or their passion Soon rock music was completely overtaken by hip hop artist and the big studios stranglehold was finally killed The andscape changed forever with the advent of digital content Now here the author and I disagree I prefer the smaller success to the household name thing The music stays pure the musicians humble and the edgy stay that way Not all that spit and polish that ruins music once the studios take charge It s not all as negative as the author paints it out to be Staying hungry and trying to please the fans instead of a studio is what will keep music as an art form I for one do not believe making millions and flaunting the power these people once held is all that healthy We put way to high a premium on entertainment When these guys pull babies out of burning buildings when they fight to keep our country safe when the teach our future generations when they find a cure for cancer then yes they should be recognized as having rock star status Until then I think things are the way they should be for the most part I ike the changes No it s not perfect by any means but maybe it was time for the rock star to come down to earth and walk among us mere mortals So while the author Scruples Two lost me here and there by delving into some psychological bull from time to time this was an interesting study of how rock stars rose to such almighty power The book was well thought out and researched and achieved it s goal Pop culture enthusiast will enjoy this one for being aittle off the beaten path and giving the reader a What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, lot of food for th. Icon category and that might rightfully appear on thisist Partly that is the point rock star is a familiar and desired category but also a contested oneShumway investigates the rock star as a particular kind of cultural construction different from mere celebrity After the golden age of moviemaking media exposure allowed rock stars political sway than Hollywood's studio stars and rock stars gradually replaced movie stars as key cultural heroes Because of changes in American society and the media industries rock stars have become much ex. ,