The Century Of The Celeberity

The Century Of The Celeberity

The 20th Century was the period when the celebrity culture took off, especially from the 1940s onwards. There were people who enjoyed celebrity status before then, such as Lord Byron and some music hall stars, but they were the exception. The more mass media there is, the more celebrities we seem to acquire. There are many reasons for the advent of the celebrity century and sociologists have studied the subject in depth.

The 1920s and 1930s were the decades of the silent film and stars like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy were stars. There was glamour too, with Fay Wray and Lillian Gish. Hollywood’s biggest contribution to the celebrity century was movie icon Valentino. He was charismatic and handsome, and mobbed wherever he went. Women wept uncontrollably when he died. He was probably the first celebrity as we think of them today.

Movies also dominated in the 1940s, with male stars such as John Wayne, Clarke Gable and Robert Mitchum. The ladies were represented by Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner. Sometimes the pressure of the celebrity century and the fame it brought was too much. Garbo famously withdrew from the limelight, saying that she wanted to be left alone.

Movie stars were the royalty of America and people couldn’t get enough of them. Scandal was rare then, as they were under the protection of the studios, but if it did break loose then they were finished. It was different then, you’d never see Bette Davis with no make up and her hair undone. They were on duty all the time and they always looked gorgeous. The most exciting celebrity century sensations were the celebrity couples, like Gable and Jean Harlow. All the world loves a lover.

By the late 1950s, the anti hero was in vogue and the celebrity culture was changing. James Dean and Marlon Brando had a bad boy image, which the ladies loved. That led on to the counter culture of the 1960s and movies began to reflect the alternative lifestyles of the young. Rock music was throwing up the biggest icons yet of the celebrity century. The likes of Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger and the Beatles were treated like gods. Performers were celebrities for challenging the establishment.

Celebrities come and go, sometimes lasting a few years and sometimes a few decades. Sport too has contributed its fair share to the celebrity century and fans feel they have a personal stake in their favorite football star or basketball player. Supermodels take a lot of room up in the press and their personal lives are always under scrutiny. Today, the celebrity century seems to have descended into the depths. Nowadays, people want to be famous without putting the work in. We’ve come a long way from Valentino to the Big Brother contestants.

Classical Music Online

Classical Music Online

When our classical music radio station in Detroit closed down, I was absolutely devastated. Here I was, in a major city, and there was no way for me to listen to classic music on the radio in the car. Most cities had two classical stations at least, and at one point Detroit had as well. Don’t get me wrong – public radio still played a lot of classical composers, but only during certain programs. Much of the time, I would have to bring my own CDs with me if I wanted to hear classical compositions.

That is why it was so overjoyed when I discovered classical music online. I have never really studied classical music history very much, and I don’t know the music that well. All I know is that I like it. That is why it is nice for me to have a DJ to play it for me. I don’t really have to think about it. I can just sit back and let the music wash over me. Classical music radio was great for that, but online radio stations are also good.

Of course, even if you are a more knowledgeable classical fan, you can still find what you need online. There are plenty of classical music downloads out there that a lot of my friends take advantage of. This is an especially good way to find the works of new composers. A lot of art music composers are absolutely desperate to find fans nowadays. They are perfectly willing to make their performances available for free in hopes that you will become familiar with their works and want to see them live. They put their classical music online and spread the word as far as they can. The only difficulty is finding out about these artists.

That is where Internet streaming radio comes in. A lot of online Internet Djs make it their business to be extremely knowledgeable about current trends in music and entertainment. They will point you to some of the hottest musicians in whatever genre interests you. A lot of people don’t expect classical music online to be so fertile, but it really is. It seems that nowadays whenever a genre loses popularity in the outside world, it finds refuge on the Internet. Classical music online is no exception. Whether you are into the works of the Romantic period, the high classical composers, or more modern art music, you can find it on the Internet.