“Only If You Are Really Interested”

Celebrity, Gender, Desire and the World of Morrissey

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About the Book

One of the keys to the enduring popularity of the British singer Morrissey is his carefully crafted enigmatic persona. This critical book examines the role of enigma in the celebrity’s public life, exploring how a level of mystery is maintained through television interviews, videos, reviews and concerts, as well as through his music and lyrics. Of particular interest is the way in which enigma stimulates interest and desire in his audience, and how the artist manipulates traditional modes of masculinity and the conventions of pop music to further cultivate enigma.

About the Author(s)

Nicholas P. Greco is an associate professor of communications and media at Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada.

Bibliographic Details

Nicholas P. Greco
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6274-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8689-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1. “That’s the Story of My Life”: Morrissey’s Career, Controversies and Comeback 17

2. “The Songs That Saved Your Life”: Critical Reception of the Works of Morrissey 33

3. “Let Me Kiss You”: Celebrity, Gender And Desire 77

4. “The Boy Racer”: Morrissey’s Changing Gender Identity in Music Video 109

5. “At Last I Am Born”: Morrissey in Live Performance 130

6. “We’ll Let You Know”: Inactivity and the Musical World of Morrissey 142

7. “The Harsh Truth of the Camera Eye”: Morrissey’s Enigma Through Mediated Performance 160

Conclusion 180

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 205

Index 213