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