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||Release: 29 May 2015 /
||Director: Sam Bridger,
||Synopsis: Music journalist Kate Mossman recalls her adolescent obsession with rock band Queen and her crush on their drummer Roger Taylor. She also goes through a potted history of pop fandom. The ...
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Using her own experiences in the early Nineties of falling in love with
Queen - especially Roger Taylor - as a teenager, Kate Mossman told the
story of the fan phenomenon.
Perhaps predictably, she began with The Beatles and continued right
through to the late Nineties with the advent of grunge. She talked to
various aging fans of various groups - The Beatles, the Bay City
Rollers, Manic Street Preachers, and so on - as well as interviewing
gray-haired performers, some of whom still went on tour, attracting
huge audiences, such as Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers and Dave
Hill of Slade.
The only snag with this documentary was that it told half a story. The
screaming teenager phenomenon did not "begin" with The Beatles, but was
evident in British and American popular cultures in the Forties and
Fifties with Frank Sinatra and Johnnie Ray. There were other forms of
extreme reaction: when Bill Haley and the Comets toured Britain in the
mid-Fifties, rock 'n roll fans tore out theater seats in their
enthusiasm. The media had a lot to do with increasing fan frenzy,
especially in its scaremongering tactics: was this the end of
civilization as we know it? Encouraged by their sudden popularity, many
fans continued in their extreme behavior. We can cite the battles
between Mods and Rockers in the mid-Sixties on Brighton beach as an
example; much of the so-called "anarchy" that took place on a Bank
Holiday was staged for the media's benefit.
Sam Bridger's documentary also contained a fundamental contradiction
that was not adequately explained, despite the presence of a "fan
studies expert" among the interviewees. On the one hand Mossman was
keen to argue that the extreme behavior of many fans was really only
confined to their teenage years; once they grew older they became more
sober in their reactions. On the other hand there were several fans
whose obsessions persisted in their adulthood: one fan of Iron Maiden
had an entire shed devoted to his heroes, and freely admitted that his
mania had cost him his marriage and his children's' love.
Perhaps the best explanation for fandom came in the documentary's final
line, as Mossman described it as "pure, intense, unadulterated
devotion" that continues as a lifelong passion for many people.
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