Being Britney: Pieces of a Modern Icon (Hardcover)
“Bickerdike is on a mission to free Britney by restoring her reputation as a cultural icon…. [An] astute reckoning with modern celebrity.” —The Times
“A wild read.” —The Guardian
Part biography, part social history, Being Britney pieces together a collage of stories, interviews, legends, and fan experiences to construct a definitive portrait of one of the biggest stars in recent history.
In her unique narrative, acclaimed music author Jennifer Otter Bickerdike provides a sympathetic yet objective reexamination of Britney’s trajectory from girl next door to woman trapped by fame. Being Britney is the compelling account of a talented, troubled, and much-discussed modern icon whose life, work, and individual significance will be recognized for many decades to come.
“Britney is blessed to have such a talented writer and perceptive mind broaching the complexities of her story thus far.” —Shirley Manson, Garbage
About the Author
Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a familiar name in the world of pop culture. An academic, writer, presenter, and historian, Jennifer has spent her life dedicated to the mistress that is rock ’n roll. With more than thirty years of experience in the culture industries, ranging from her time as a former music industry executive in the US to surviving three waves of dot-com bubble bursting in the Silicon Valley, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to the discussion of contemporary music and media. A recovering Anglophile herself, she has authored several books on the topics of music, fandom, and celebrity cultism, including 2017’s #1 bestseller, Why Vinyl Matters; Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture; The Secular Religion of Fandom; and Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy, Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis. Jennifer is the Global Music Ambassador for the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, co-founder of The Songs That Saved Your Life podcast and Moving the Needle, a nonprofit organization founded to support women in the UK music industry through their entire career. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Jennifer now lives in London with her husband James and rescue dog Alfie. Connect with Jen on Instagram @JenniferOtterBickerdike or on her website www.jenniferotterbickerdike.com for more information, newest events, and appearances.
“Being Britney gathers up fragments of news stories, fan gossip, documentaries, chat forums, opinion pieces, and more…. This fragmented style is fitting for the digital age in which we live. The book sets up the star as a blank canvas on to which audiences can project whatever they like…its broad brushstrokes make for a wild read.”
— The Guardian
“This shocking biography details the misogyny and exploitation that have scarred the singer’s life…. Bickerdike is on a mission to free Britney by restoring her reputation as a cultural icon…. [An] astute reckoning with modern celebrity.”
— The Times
“Jennifer is smart and insightful. Being Britney offers a thorough look at Britney’s life, including the fraudulent conservatorship that stripped her of her human rights and her fight for freedom.”
— Megan Radford, #FreeBritney campaigner
“A great, thorough piece of work from a Britneyologist.”
— Pandora Sykes
“Yassss! At last, a book that truly celebrates the queen that is Britney Spears. Bickerdike goes deep in Being Britney: Pieces of a Modern Icon to reveal a unique, heartbreaking, and funny perspective on Spears.”
— Big Freedia
“Jennifer Otter Bickerdike’s book on Britney Spears is a masterclass in analysis and an insight into one of the most intriguing and fascinating cultural icons of our time. Essential reading.”
— Stuart Brathwaite, Mogwai