Get Me A Celebrity!

Get Me A Celebrity!

by Stanley Jackson

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ISBN-13: 9781907722486
Publisher: Ecademy Press Ltd
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stanley Jackson was born in Epsom Surrey. His early years were spent in a council prefab but he joined the middle classes in 1966 when he married Iris and acquired the first in a series of unaffordable mortgages. He set up Performing Artistes in 1992 after a successful career in financial services. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Howard Stubbs, was involved in shipping horses to France in the Great War; an heroic activity given brilliant theatrical expression in the award winning stage play “Warhorse”, adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s book and now a major Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg. Stanley Jackson and Michael Morpurgo were both guests of Libby Purves on BBC Radio 4’s “Midweek” programme on 19 October 2010.

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Foreword by Gyles Brandreth
Charles de Gaulle, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, David Cameron, Elizabeth II, George Best, Stanley Matthews, Michael Jackson, Stanley Jackson - I am proud to say that I have known them all. And, without a doubt, the one with the best stories is Stanley Jackson.
I launched myself on the professional public speaking circuit in 1966, during my ‘gap year’ between school and university. I was in America and found myself addressing an audience of schoolgirls and nuns in Baltimore. It did not go terribly well. Since then I have spoken around the world - from the Kremlin to the Albert Hall - to audiences as varied as the sober-suited senior executives of Coca-Cola and 15,000 vocal members of the Women’s Institute. (I shared a platform with Tony Blair on that occasion. It is not a day either of us is likely to forget).
As a speaker, I have known the best of times and the worst of times: heartwarming standing ovations on the one hand, and the chairman of the event dying on stage as I was delivering my best joke on the other (“with Brandreth they die laughing”). I have spoken at charity gigs at Buckingham Palace, addressed the House of Commons when it was full, hosted the British Funeral Directors Awards (the first prize was for “thinking outside the box” - seriously) ... The point is: in forty-five years in the business, I have seen it all, I have done it all, I know it all - or so I thought.
How wrong can you be, Brandreth? Stanley Jackson’s glorious book is a revelation: a wonderful mixture of ripe anecdotes and sage advice that has opened my eyes to the reality of life on the celebrity circuit. This book is an entertainment and an education. It is a volume for anyone interested in the bizarre phenomenon of the “celebrity” (from the world-famous to the barelyknown) who is paid to appear in public; how it happens, how it can work well, how it can go wrong, and why it isn’t as easy as it looks or as simple as it seems.
Stanley Jackson is a hugely experienced master of his trade and here he shares the secrets of his successes (and his failures!) and does so in a way that is as engaging as it is illuminating.
Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, accustomed as I am to public speaking, this is a book about my business that is full of things I never knew. It is a book that manages to do two seemingly impossible things at the same time: it spills the beans and lifts the spirits. Enjoy!
Gyles Brandreth
June 2011

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Caught in or Courting The Spotlight?
Chapter 2
The View from Thayer Street
Chapter 3
Life Chances and the Nearly Man
Chapter 4
Getting Started
Chapter 5
Origin of Stories
Chapter 6
Pivotal Role Of Media In Creating Celebrity
Chapter 7
George Best & Stanley Matthews as Superstars
Chapter 8
Three Working Class Lads
Chapter 9
Motivationally Speaking…
Chapter 10
It’s A lottery
Chapter 11
Cultural Differences
Chapter 12
Entertaining Our Troops
Chapter 13
Working In the Corporate Market:
Some elementary facts
Chapter 14
Still Nervous After All These Years
Chapter 15
Calculating Market Values
Chapter 16
FOIBLES
Chapter 17
The World’s Nicest Man
Chapter 18
All Change
Chapter 19
Celebrities At Work
Chapter 20
More Examples of Celebrities at Work
Chapter 21
Whither the cult of Celebrity?
Chapter 22
Tale End
Index
About the Author

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