a selection of scholarly articles

Redefining Punk and Finding Community: A Review of Against Me! at Brooklyn Steel

May 21, 2018

An event review of punk band Against Me!’s sold out show at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on October 14th, 2017. Against Me!’s frontwoman, Laura Jane Grace, was the first major punk celebrity to come out as trans in 2012, which is when she began her transition. After doing so, Against Me’s shows became a space where fans of varying gender expressions can feel welcomed and safe to be themselves while connecting to the band, and each other, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two. Through examining their music, performance, and fans’ behavior that night, we can see how Against Me! challenges the notion of punk rock as a boy’s club, and creates cathartic places where fans can define and reaffirm their identity within the music community. Photos are courtesy of Nick Karp.

In the PDF edition of the journal Intermedium, this article appears on pages 23-32.

“Can You Hear Me, Major Tom?”: David Bowie Fans and Their Connections After His Death

December 20, 2017

On the morning of January 11th, 2016, the news broke that the music icon David Bowie died. Immediately, fans around the world came together on social media to mourn together. Not satisfied with the virtual connection alone, thousands of fans gathered in Brixton, London, Bowie’s hometown, to celebrate his life. As fans enacted mediatized mourning rituals and found one another online, on the streets, or at memorials in Brixton they reaffirmed their identity as David Bowie fans, connected themselves to the global fan community, and made Brixton a sacred location worthy of pilgrimage. In this way, Bowie becomes an icon who will never truly die.

Keyword: Groupie

December 15, 2017

A Keyword is an essay focused on a single term and a set of debates surrounding it. In this instance, the keyword is "Groupie." This means the etymology of "Groupie" is traced, the term is defined, and questions are raised on its established and emergent terminology in regards to gender, sexuality, affect, and performance.

Hamilton: An American Dream

December 12, 2016

An examination of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical, and it's use of the American Dream ideology of writing ones way out of their circumstances, in relation to the historiography of Founder's Chic. Written while an undergrad at Queens College, as the final paper for my Media Criticism course.

‘This Is My Culture, Man, This Is My Home,’ The Many Ways Frank Turner Moves His Fans

December 16, 2015

Just what is it about a musician like Frank Turner that can inspire devotion and motivate his fans to travel the world in pursuit of his concerts? What comparisons can we draw between such fandom and religion? I explore these questions from the inside out of Turner's fandom and pinpoint when an imagined community became a force of empowerment, and a chance at escape. This essay was written as an undergrad at Queens College for my Musical Subcultures course. It was awarded Best Media Studies Scholarly Essay for 2015-2016 by the Queens College Media Studies department.

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