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The Beatles and Fandom: Sex, Death and Progressive Nostalgia

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Sex, death and nostalgia are among the impulses driving Beatles fandom: the metaphorical death of the Beatles after their break-up in 1970 has fueled the progressive nostalgia of fan conventions for 48 years; the death of John Lennon and George Harrison has added pathos and drama to the Beatles' story; Beatles Monthly predicated on the Beatles' good looks and the letters page was a forum for euphemistically expressed sexuality. The Beatles and Fandom is the first book to discuss these fan subcultures. It combines academic theory on fandom with compelling original research material to tell an alternative history of the Beatles phenomenon: a fans' history of the Beatles that runs concurrently with the popular story we all know.
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ISBN-13: 9781501346620
ISBN-10: 1501346628
Pagini: 256
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 mm
Greutate: 0.5 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Covers the subcultures of sex, death, and nostalgia - areas which have not yet been explored in academic writing related to the Beatles

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Richard Mills is a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St. Mary's University, UK. He has been programme director for the Film and Popular Culture, Cultural Studies and Irish Studies degrees. He is co-editor of Mad Dogs and Englishness (2017).


AcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Beatles and Fandom: Sex, Death and Progressive Nostalgia 1. 'She Loves You': Beatles Monthly2. (Un) Conventional: Beatles Fan Conventions3. 'Paperback Writer', Journalists as Super-Fans: Hunter Davis, Ian MacDonald and Philip Norman4. Fanaticism and the Beatles5. 'Images of Broken Light': The Beatles on YouTube6. Paul is Undead: Fan Fiction, Slash Fiction and Literary Fiction 7. 'I Play the Part So Well': Beatles Tribute Bands8. 'Ticket to Ride': English Cultural Tourism and Beatles FansConclusion: Paul is Dead: A Fan's StoryNotesReferencesDiscographyAppendicesIndex


A fresh, comprehensive take on the fans we thought we knew for all these years! The Beatles and Fandom will be an indispensable resource for Beatles and pop culture scholars, as well as a fascinating read for anyone else seeking to know more about fans of the Fabs.
The Beatles and Fandom shows how looking back can be a way of creating new communities, mash-ups, tributes and commentaries. Covering an impressive variety of fan practices and media, Richard Mills challenges stereotypes and engages with the real complexities and pleasures of Beatles fandom. Whether analysing the 'journalist-as-superfan', Beatles Monthly or the band's presence on YouTube, this thought-provoking book leaves no room for doubt: fan studies is fab.