Popular music fanzines: genre, aesthetics, and the “Democratic Conversation”.

Atton, Chris (2010) Popular music fanzines: genre, aesthetics, and the “Democratic Conversation”. Popular Music and Society, 33 (4). pp. 517-531. ISSN 0300-7766

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Research into fanzines has tended to locate them as subcultural artefacts whose significance is found in their symbolic fit with the subculture responsible for producing them. As a consequence, fanzines have mostly been interpreted homologically as acts of political resistance, with little attention being paid to the aesthetic arguments they contain. By contrast, to consider fanzines as types of genre-cultures it becomes possible to examine amateur writing about music not as explicitly oppositional, but as contributions to the critical discourse of popular music. This article explores a single fanzine to examine the ways in which its writers – and the musicians it features - evaluate the music they favour. A genre-culture approach offers insights into the cultural politics of fanzine writing that take into account historically situated and contemporary constructions of genre pleasures.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0300-7766
Electronic ISSN: 1740-1712
Uncontrolled Keywords: fanzines; subculture; genre-culture; popular music; cultural politics;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
Library of Congress Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Item ID: 3809
Depositing User: Professor Chris Atton
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 15:35
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 11:33

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