Biography & identity, celebrity & fanhood: researching intersections of avant-garde and popular culture

Vermorel, Fred (2011) Biography & identity, celebrity & fanhood: researching intersections of avant-garde and popular culture. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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Abstract

This PhD by publication critically reviews the background, context, and reception of work published from 1978-2008. The work surveyed, comprises popular music biography, texts on art school influenced bohemia and counterculture, and on celebrity and fan culture. The social and cultural context of the work is mapped and methodological and stylistic issues addressed. The origins of the punk aesthetic through the Sex Pistols is charted. The turn in celebrity studies towards a "fan culture" based approach is demonstrated by the publication of 'Starlust' in 1985. Subsequent work on "fan culture" is discussed. Issues relating to researching and theorising popular culture and cultural and design history are debated. Extracts from the publications cited are provided.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Commentary on PhD by publication.
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University Library.
Research Area: Art and design
Communication, cultural and media studies
Music
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture > School of Art & Design History
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 11:58
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 13:26
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/22495

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