Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands

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Headpress, Oct 27, 2016 - Popular music fans - 220 pages

Morrissey is a popular music icon. The former singer of the influential Manchester band the Smiths is arguably one of the most intriguing and popular, if not polarizing, iconic figures of popular culture. But this book is not about Morrissey. This book is about his fans, their creative expressions of fandom, and their contributions to Morrissey s worldwide popularity. Specifically the focus is on the subculture of Morrissey and Smiths fandom as a US-Mexican borderland phenomenon. MOZLANDIA exploring the world of Morrissey and his fans from the Midlands to the Borderlands.

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WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK [NOT FOR PUBLICATION]MEL HIDALGO: I really wanted to write this book because I was bothered by and concerned with how existing media pieces how existing media pieces portrayed Morrissey fans, Latino fans in particular. I saw it as pathologizing; words like 'fanatic,' 'strange,' 'unusual,' 'depressive,' and 'obsessed' would creep up over and over again in articles that attempted to 'explain' the Mexican and Latino (those are not the same thing, by the way) devotion to Morrissey. Or, fans were always objectified, exoticized, looked at as strange objects to be studied, like in the documentary Is it Really So Strange? (dir. William E Jones). In my experience, fans were not just objects or passive depressed sad people. Fans were also active, joyful, creative, and uniquely expressive in their fandom. They made art, designed T-shirts, stickers, and jewelry, they formed bands; they organized and produced events for other fans. And in LA and throughout the borderlands, these fans for the most part are Chicanos/as or Mexicans or Latinos/as. These fans were cultural producers of objects that expressed the beautiful contradictions of borderland existence through their Morrissey and Smiths fandom. These were the fans I wanted to write about. MOZLANDIA: MORRISSEY FANS IN THE BORDERLANDS is the result of all this.

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