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The Rise and Fall of the Celebrity Interview: A Personal Account (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Duncan Fallowell
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Book Description

London-born novelist and travel writer Duncan Fallowell has been described as 'the best living interviewer', travelling all over the world to meet the celebrated and notorious. This is the story of why he did it, how he did it, what happened when he did do it, and why he's not doing it any more. His interviews have appeared in The Times, the Sunday Times, Observer, Independent, Playboy, Penthouse, Playgirl, Vanity Fair, Tatler, Marie Claire, Harper's, Prospect, Paris Review, American Scholar, Prospect, Sydney Morning Herald, La Repubblica, Tages Anzeiger, Time Out, Brigitte, and many more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1656 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MHX2N6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Duncan Fallowell was born in London in 1948. He is a writer and his work is controversial. See the 'unofficial' website Re the videos: the first, 'blue' one is called Happy Family (3); the second is called Patricia Highsmith On Love And Fear; and the third is Fallowell and Graham Greene reminiscing about Goa at Greene's flat in Antibes. These and more can be found on the YouTube channel mrduncanfallowell. He is currently working on a new novel and an album of abstract electronic songs. His most recent publication is the long essay 'The Rise and Fall of the Celebrity Interview'.

'How To Disappear' was awarded the PEN Ackerley Prize for Memoir in July 2012

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A peculiarly Fallowell-esque book combining the author's trademark seductive prose with first-class gossip, insightful observation and lashings of surprising reflection - and controversy. A Duncan Fallowell interview is almost always an event. He does not fall at the feet of luminaries - stars - but holds their gaze in respect and proceeds to squirrel out of them heart-bound confidences and breathtaking indiscretion. He is not afraid to give them enough rope. He permits them to talk themselves into self-exposes. Has Kirk Douglas ever had a same-sex interaction? How did DF pull in Quentin Crisp and Arnold Schwarzenegger into a lunch date together? DF also dilates on the state of current celebrity interviewing journalism; and has sharp things to say about Tina Brown-style 'corporatism' in how editors have increasingly moulded their titles into PR-driven formulae at the expense of individual author voices such as Fallowell's. His views on certain risk-averse female editors will not please everyone - male editors have tended to prefer his work, he says. What can't be doubted is that he speaks from personal experience. And journalism is the loser if his brand of interviewing is bustled out completely by ego-stroking Q&A drivel and hackneyed packaged marketing profiles. Online media may yet be his salvation. I remain upbeat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star qualities 25 Aug. 2014
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This is a timely and subtle dissection of the nature of the interview and of celebrity. Fallowell writes with elegance - as he always does - and perception, as well as offering up lively vignettes of Bryan Ferry, Tina Brown, Quentin Crisp and sundry rent boys. A trifle slow starting, it's a very clever essay, with a melancholy message to deliver. Read it in conjunction with Fallowell's Kindle single on Rome, where there's a perfect gem of a. celebrity interview with Valentino and you 'll see a master at work.
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Even if the overall message is more than a little depressing - the search for the safe, mutually congratulatory, and easily marketable interview by current commissioning editors - this book is always interesting and often very entertaining. Duncan Fallowell has met some extraordinary people over the last forty or so years, and it is always a pleasure to read some of the gems he manages to extract from them, often despite the efforts of their image "minders". Highly recommended to any reader who enjoys the offbeat, the unusual, the avant-garde, and the occasionally scabrous...
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This is a sharp, funny, immensely entertaining analysis of the business of celebrity interviewing. Duncan Fallowell, terrifyingly perceptive and with the experience of years behind him, reveals exactly what it's like to come face to face with the big names in every walk of life and persuade them to ditch the PR and reveal themselves as they really are. His approach is scholarly, practical, witty and rebarbative, his account enjoyably permeated with his own very personal brand of eccentricity. Essential reading for anyone planning to follow in his footsteps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insider's take by a master of the genre 17 Nov. 2014
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A stimulating and thoughtful meditation on the now ubiquitous celebrity 'interview' by a master practitioner of the art. Once people did their homework, had the access and budget and time (and sympathetic editors), and produced insightful work about people who, in those days, usually were people who other people did actually celebrate. Today, almost the exact opposite obtains: cut and paste jobs, a quick look online at Wikipedia perhaps, an unspoken agreement to stay off any number of topics at the whim of the so-called celebrity: banality. I was sufficiently taken by this short but poignant essay to explore Duncan Fallowell's other work, starting with a fine collection of his celebrity interviews, which are, as you'd expect, excellent.
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I was expecting more comments about the celebrities and this might have been unreasonable. It did however illustrate the problems of making a living bas a free-lance journalist in this field.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 8 Oct. 2014
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Not for me - gave up reading it 1/4 of the way through
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