Fangirls: Scenes from Modern Music Culture

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University of Texas Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Hannah Ewens is currently the Features Editor and a writer at VICE. She writes about youth culture, mental health, music, and film for publications that include the Guardian and the Telegraph, and has interviewed subjects including everyone from Patti Smith and Deftones to Jennifer Lawrence and Sofia Coppola.

This book felt like a therapy session to heal my inner preteen...[Fangirls] enlightening ode to the teenage experience and fan culture. As Ewens' dedication suggests, I recommend it to anyone who has ever found solace in an obsession.-- "The Emory Wheel" (8/20/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Exploring various artists and their fans, [Ewens] shows that these young women are not crazy, but rather their love of music and the connections it can create are what drive much of the industry and its profits...Lovers of and participants in fan culture will find a lot of joy here.-- "Booklist" (7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Ewens rejects the narrative that her titular subjects are obsessive, hysterical, or unhinged--terms that critics have thrown at female music fans since pop's advent, and that have been used to deride all sorts of passionate women for centuries before that...As a proud fangirl herself, [Ewens] approaches her subjects with empathy, validating the importance of these self-made communities.-- "Pitchfork, "Our 15 Favorite Music Books of 2020"" (12/16/2020 12:00:00 AM)
An illuminating, sympathetic, and cautionary celebration of superfans, young and old.-- "Kirkus" (6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM)
[Ewens] includes herself among fangirls and is in tune with factors that motivate what to the unaffected may seem like outsize adoration...Anyone who has wondered why someone would bid thousands for a wad of used chewing gum or collect a closetful of an idol's clothing will come away with greater understanding.-- "Library Journal" (7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Ewens...traces the history of fandom--from the days of The Beatles until the present--to contextualize what fandom means, how it functions, and how it both reflects and drives cultural conversations about everything from teenage girls to mental health.-- "Bitch" (8/5/2020 12:00:00 AM)
An entertaining, in-depth examination of fan subcultures.-- "The A.V. Club" (8/17/2020 12:00:00 AM)
[A] nuanced approach...Ewens wants to elevate the young girls whose fandom has been ignored, dismissed, or mocked in favor of the older men who are supposed to be the 'real' music experts. Beyond that, though, Ewens want to unpack the many ways that fandom works in the music world...Fangirls reads as an extended essay, but one informed by on-the-ground research with fans of artists from Elvis to Fall Out Boy.-- "The Current" (8/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
The important message of...Hannah Ewens's celebration of Fangirls is that anyone dismissing the members of a screaming mass as drones is likely failing to appreciate what's going on beneath the surface. This multi-generational dive into the experiences, and impact, of fangirls will leave you wanting to join a fandom yourself -- or, possibly, to add a new one to your portfolio.-- "The Current, "Best music books of 2020"" (12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM)
[A] passionate, smart take...Fangirls--and pop music fans in general--will jump on this adrenaline-fueled tour.-- "Publishers Weekly" (7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Fangirls establishes a loose chronology of fangirling, spotlighting the diversity inherent in the experience and giving space to One Direction, Halsey, Beyoncé, My Chemical Romance, and Amy Winehouse fans in equal measure.-- "Jezebel" (8/21/2020 12:00:00 AM)
The individual voices and profiles [featured in Fangirls] vary as much as the people's tastes--from boy-bands to Beyoncé to Courtney Love--giving fans the space to expand on personal truths like queerness, mental illness, sexual desire, and what it means to find community.-- "BUST" (10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Fangirls is a funny and poignant survey of an essential coming-of-age experience, an illuminating read for anyone who's camped out at a venue or purchased all their favorite band's merch.-- "The Arts Fuse" (11/10/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Compassionate and clear-eyed...By pursuing diversity of thought and expression, [Ewens] gives the reader an insider's look into the shared experience of being a fan from a woman's perspective...Fangirls is an absolute joy to read.-- "Bearded Gentlemen Music" (12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Excellent...Ewens paints a warm picture of female fandoms as communities in which friends look out for each other, both in person and online, and traces the camaraderie that comes from musical obsession, helping young people navigate the messiness and confusion of adolescence.-- "The Independent" (2/20/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Fangirls isn't just a book about the many fandoms that exist for different artists. Fangirls is a book that takes the narrative of the 'crazy fan' and turns them into humans. Fangirls is a book about connection, inspiration, community, reflection, grief and sexuality, and how all of these things can be found when answering the question of why someone might be a fan.-- "Impose Magazine" (6/21/2022 12:00:00 AM)
A celebration of fandom and the way younger fanatics steer music culture, Fangirls is a unique look at the people buying tickets, rocking merch, and living their best life celebrating the musicians they love. This affectionate love song to fans is one of the best music books.-- "Broke by Books" (5/26/2023 12:00:00 AM)