They say everyone today wants to be a celebrity. Certainly, we're all happy to watch them. From reality television and talent shows to tabloid splashes and gossip magazines, the road to modern fame is littered with the hopeful, the misguided, and, occasionally, the downright cynical. It's often a tale of rags to riches and then back to rags again. So why can't we stop looking? And who exactly buys the T-shirt, wears the perfume, visits the salon? In this witty and insightful tour of the underbelly of the celebrity world, LBC's Steve Allen takes us by the hand and leads us through the highs and lows of life as a modern-day 'sleb' - why they're there, and what we've all done to deserve this. Required reading for watchers and wannabes alike, this is your essential guide to one of the most bonkers aspects of modern Britain.
Steve Allen joined LBC in 1979. Since then, he has presented a wide range of programmes, including many specialist shows on cooking, theatre, and celebrity gossip. He currently presents the early breakfast show on LBC from Monday to Friday, as well as a Sunday early breakfast show, plus a celebrity chat show called 'In Conversation With'. He has a healthy interest in magic and is a member of the exclusive Inner Magic Circle. He is not a celebrity!
Contents Introduction vii 1 What do I mean by celebrity? 1 2 What celebrity used to mean 9 3 Routes to becoming a celebrity 17 4 After you get your break 29 5 I've done the first bit, what do I do next? 49 6 What if it doesn't last? 61 7 The fascination with celebrity 71 8 The downside of fame 83 9 So why do I want to do this again? 93