Wednesday, April 20, 2022

so this is the afterlife...

Interesting / poignant piece by Nick Duerden about pop stars and what they do after their careers collapse, spun off a book he's done on the subject, Exit Stage Left: The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars 

I've often wondered, and worried, about what pop stars do with themselves when their moment - often rather brief - has gone....  how they make ends meet.... what they do with all that time on their hands.... and not wanting to go out and about much on account of the inevitable "didn't you use to be...." comments


  1. The "rise and fall of the pop/rock star" phenomenon is the modern-day secular equivalent of the sacrifice of the priest-king, described by James Frazer in The Golden Bough. And nowhere was this more apparent than in the golden era of the Inkies, which ritually hyped up a band's cult status only in order to tear it down a few years later.