Take a look at me now: consecration and the Phil Collins effect

Spicer, André, Cankurtaran, Pinar and Beverland, Michael B (2022) Take a look at me now: consecration and the Phil Collins effect. Research in the Sociology of Organizations: The Generation, Recognition and Legitimation of Novelty, 77. pp. 253-282. ISSN 0733-558X

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Consecration is the process by which producers in creative fields become canonized as “greats.” However, is this the end of the story? Research on consecration focuses on the drivers of consecration but pays little attention to the post-consecration period. Furthermore, the research ignores the dynamics of consecration. To address these gaps, we examine the changing fortunes of a consecrated artist – the musician Phil Collins. We identify the ways in which three actors (fans, critics, and peers) assemble for consecration, disassemble for deconsecration, and reassemble for reconsecration. Examining the changing public image and commercial fortunes of Collins as a solo artist between 1980 and 2020, we identify an N-shaped process of rise-fall-rise that we call the Phil Collins Effect. This effect offers a new way of thinking about how cultural producers gain, lose and regain status in their fields.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3836529 version posted: 5 May 2021
Keywords: Innovation, Consecration, Phil Collins, Authenticity, Creativity
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
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Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 08:43
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 17:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/98923

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