Popular Music Fandom
Identities, Roles and Practices
Edited by Mark Duffett
Routledge – 2014 – 234 pages
This book explores popular music fandom from a cultural studies perspective that incorporates popular music studies, audience research, and media fandom. The essays draw together recent work on fandom in popular music studies and begin a dialogue with the wider field of media fan research, raising questions about how popular music fandom can be understood as a cultural phenomenon and how much it has changed in light of recent developments. Exploring the topic in this way broaches questions on how to define, theorize, and empirically research popular music fan culture, and how music fandom relates to other roles, practices, and forms of social identity. Fandom itself has been brought center stage by the rise of the internet and an industrial structure aiming to incorporate, systematize, and legitimate dimensions of it as an emotionally-engaged form of consumerism. Once perceived as the pariah practice of an overly attached audience, media fandom has become a standardized industrial subject-position called upon to sell box sets, concert tickets, new television series, and special editions. Meanwhile, recent scholarship has escaped the legacy of interpretations that framed fans as passive, pathological, or defiantly empowered, taking its object seriously as a complex formation of identities, roles, and practices. While popular music studies has examined some forms of identity and audience practice, such as the way that people use music in daily life and listener participation in subcultures, scenes and, tribes, this volume is the first to examine music fans as a specific object of study.
'Reading through Popular Music Fandom encouraged me to reflect on my own experience as a music fan, and of the many fandoms I have inhabited over the course of my musical and academic career—after all, our early love of music is usually what fuels the curiosity to want to understand more deeply the strange, enjoyable, giddy experience of being a "fan". As a collection of chapters, ideas and analyses, Popular Music Fandom offers a varied, interesting and important contribution to the growing area of fandom and fan culture studies that is certain to influence further research.' - Jadey O'Regan, Griffith University, Dance Cult
1. Introduction Mark Duffett 2. Back in the Mix: Exploring Intermediary Fandom and Popular Music Production Matt Hills 3. Beyond Capital, Towards Myth: EDM Fandom and Dance Practice Beate Peter 4. Hidden Fans? Fandom and Domestic Musical Activity Nedim Hassan 5. Researching Your Favorite Artist: Methodological Observations of a Brazilian Popular Music Scholar Alexei Michailowsky 6. Fantastic Voyeur: Lurking on the Dark Side of Biography Fred Vermorel 7. Song of Praise: Musicians, Myths and the "Cult" of John Coltrane Tony Whyton 8. "I ♥ IBIZA": Music, Place and Belonging Cornel Sandvoss 9. Fan Words Mark Duffett 10. Record Collecting and Fandom Roy Shuker 11. After Jerry’s Death: Achieving Continuity in Deadhead Identity and Community Rebecca G. Adams, Amy M. Ernstes, and Kelly M. Lucey 12. Afterword: Fans and Scholars – A Reassessment Joli Jensen
Mark Duffett is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Chester, UK.