WATCH ON BBC SELECT: THE FAME DROP
BBC Select brings you a curated collection of three thought provoking programs and an exclusive Take on a subject that touches us all. We explore a culturally relevant theme and examine it in depth, offering you fresh perspectives on the things that matter in life, from love and war, parenthood and consumerism, to revolution and race.
Ready for your 15 minutes? In an exclusive Take, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D weighs up the value of fame – and whether it’s even real. She was the most famous popstar in the world in the 90s-00s, but is Britney Spears’ superstardom the reason she’s under a conservatorship? The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, investigates. From one pop culture icon to another, in David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the death of Bowie’s famous alter-ego is explored. But what does it actually mean to be famous? Extraordinary Women spotlights the megastars of film and How to Go Viral looks at how becoming famous has never been easier.
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TAKES: CHUCK D ON FAME
The Drop on BBC Select brings you the thoughts of writers, filmmakers and more. This week, Chuck D wants to talk about the ‘f’ word…
How many four letter words spring to mind that begin with an F? Leader of the seminal rap group Public Enemy Chuck D spells out the pros and cons of fame and reflects on the experience of using social media when everyone knows your name.
Watch Chuck D in Takes, filmed exclusively for BBC Select.
THE BATTLE FOR BRITNEY
Featuring exclusive interviews and access to the court hearing, award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar investigates Britney Spears’ hotly debated 13 year-long conservatorship. This is a case of staggering complexity and shocking revelations with insight from those on both sides of the Britney fence. What has kept one of music’s biggest superstars constrained for so long?
DAVID BOWIE: ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is arguably David Bowie’s most important album. Released in 1972, it’s the record that set the mercurial musician on course to become one of the best-known pop stars on the planet. But, just as the character was set to take over the world, Ziggy was no more. Why did Bowie decide to end the life of one of his most notable creations?
They seemed to have it all: glamour, power, wealth and adoration. Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Chiang Kai-shek – they were worshipped, loved and sometimes even feared by millions. They were pioneers who showed that a woman could be the equal of any man. This series, featuring archive interviews and dramatic re-enactments, reveals the price these women paid for their achievements.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL GUNS FOR HIRE – THE STORY OF SIDEMEN
Some of the most iconic musical moments in rock’n’roll history weren’t created by those whose faces were on the record sleeves. Sidemen – and women – were guns for hire who dropped in filthy beats, mesmerizing solos or funky hooks that elevated tracks from boring B-sides to undeniable bangers. Earl Slick shines a light on the geniuses that made the likes of Prince, Bowie and the Stones look good. pieces.
HOW TO GO VIRAL
It might not feel like you’re doing anything significant when you share that Baby Yoda sipping tea meme, but you’re part of a cultural revolution. Memes are changing the way we communicate. Why do we love them? Digital culture expert Richard Clay meets modern meme designers, Tumblr’s meme librarian, and a liberal troll, to decode how memes give us a voice, but are also being used to silence us.
Each week, we will be exploring new topics and issues with thought-provoking takes from global thinkers. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest Takes and Drops on Select More.
CULTURAL EXPLOSIONS featuring Caitlin Moran
Which is the defining cultural explosion in your life? For author and journalist Caitlin Moran It’s feminism. She explains how it' has changed the world and why it’s more fun to be a woman.Read more about CULTURAL EXPLOSIONS featuring Caitlin Moran