Teenyboppers: From Musicomaniacs to Beliebers


Long before Beatlemania, 19th-century women threw themselves on stage to touch pianist Franz Liszt. Ever since, emotional teenyboppers have been misunderstood and ridiculed for their musical tastes. Cristen and Caroline spotlight the history of pop music fandom and why fangirls are considered the very worst kind of followers.

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Academic insights:

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"Whovians and Directions: Challenging the Fangirl Identity." Van Cant, Brianna. Cultural Studies Capstone Theses. Paper 6. 2014. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cultural_studies/6

Topics in this Podcast: pop music, teen girls, fandom