Here’s a roundup of stories on music fandom that might be of interest to fans:
- Beatles fan Scott Freiman created several presentations on the band, and the latest “Looking Through a Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album” was recently shown in Schenectady, NY. Looking “is a multimedia exploration of the influential band’s eponymous 1968 album” and the presentations began “for my friends, but I’ve since discovered there’s a huge audience hungry to know about this stuff, from 5-year-old kids to 80-year-old grandparents.”
- While Freiman’s work focused on the band, Do It Again is a film about the fandom of the Beatles’ contemporaries, The Kinks. The fan documentary explores the journey of Geoff Edgers, a major Kinks fan and the film’s screenwriter, and what fandom is about. Edgers funded the film from various sources including fans. David Plunkert, an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, volunteered his services for the “Do It Again” poster wholly because he wanted to draw The Kinks. The film’s focus was originally the band, but after the frontman, Ray Davies, avoided participation, the focus shifted to the band’s fandom. “In the end, it became the great Kinks fan movie. Here’s my approach — Michael Moore might attack a resistant subject. I stepped away and have respect,” Plunkert said. “Ambush Ray? No way. I’m a fan, not a stalker or Mike Wallace.”
- The Korea Herald focused on fans as well, in this case classical music fandom. “Such fandom is changing the country’s classical music scene, creating a new audience base and also boosting CD sales” making Korea a draw for international artists. Classical music sales are largely in trouble “not only because of falling interests in the genre but also the rapidly growing online music market.” Yet the reception in Korea is different. “This kind of fandom culture does not exist in other countries. And this is why they want to come back to Korea to feel the energy from the Korean audience.”
- Lastly, crossover fans of comics and musicals have something to look forward to: Holy Musical Batman!, “a fan-made musical featuring everyone’s favorite Dark Knight”.
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