Jo discusses Desert Island discs and the Self
In November 2013 Jo Littler was an invited speaker at the ‘Desert Island Discs and the Discographic Self’ conference at the British Academy, London. Her talk was titled ‘Adrift or Ashore? Desert Island Discs and celebrity culture’
The radio programme Desert Island Discs has run continuously since 1942 and represents a unique record of the changing place of music in British society. In recognition of its iconic status, the BBC has recently created an online archive that currently includes podcasts of the last 25 years of programmes. This conference brought together musicologists, sociologists and media scholars to reflect on the programme’s historical and contextual significance, its changing position in Britain’s continually evolving media and its imitators in other parts of the world.