Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis

Otter Bickerdike, Jennifer (2014) Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis. Pop Music, Culture, Identity . Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 1137393521

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Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis. Their early and unexpected deaths propelled them to iconic status as beacons for the values of individuality and authenticity. However, with each passing year, the images of the lead men become farther removed from their original humanity. From Converse to cake, this book examines how their 'brands' lend credibility to commerce, while the increasing worth placed on the singers provides a modern example of a secular belief system propelled by media, technology and the value of immediacy in the 2.0 world. Journeys to spaces and places associated with the two singers are akin to pilgrimages, sacred trips that hope to capture and connect with the very essences that the men have been stripped of in their ever-widening appeal. Within this context, Curtis and Cobain become guides and anglicised role models in the search for personal identity and community in the modern, uncertain world.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ian Curtis, Joy Division, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, fan culture, sonic pilgrimage, authenticity
ISBN: 1137393521
Subjects: Film & TV > Film > British Film
Communication > Media > Digital Media
Film & TV
Communication > Media
Philosophy & Psychology
Music > Popular Music
Social Sciences
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Cultural Management & Production
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Depositing User: Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 10:29
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 13:21


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