Franz Liszt 1800s Rock Star

In the 1840s, classical pianist and composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was famous for causing mass hysteria with female fans. His groupies would literally fight over handkerchies, his broken piano strings and other personal items. During a Berlin tour, the University cancelled classes so the students could see him leave the city. It was a procession of screaming girls and women. Up to that point, such mass hysteria was unheard of for musicians.


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Information sources:

https://books.google.ch/books?id=lCw4cxHmpgYC&pg=PA372&dq=swooning+lady+admirers&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HeNhUby_E4bm2AXc4oGgCg#v=onepage&q=swooning%20lady%20admirers&f=false
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisztomania

Image Sources:

By Franz Hanfstaengl, Paris, upload by Adrian Michael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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