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Richard Mills Presents The Beatles and Fandom

£8 – £10


The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map

This event is part of Richmond Literature Festival, 5th – 21st November 2021

Richard Mills is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University, London. He has been programme director for the Film and Popular Culture, Cultural Studies and Irish Studies degrees. He has published extensively on popular music, Irish literature and culture, film, fashion and British television. Mills is the author of The Beatles and Fandom: Sex, Death and Progressive Nostalgia (Bloomsbury 2019). He is co-editor of Mad Dogs and Englishness (Bloomsbury 2017) and he is author of the forthcoming The Beatles and Black Music: Post-colonial Theory, Musicology and Remix Culture (Bloomsbury 2021).

Holly Tessler will be introducing the event and interviewing Richard Mills.

Bruce Welch OBE of the Shadows will be joining the Q&A to discuss The Beatles and Fandom and pop in the ’50 and ’60s

  • Wednesday 10th November 2021 | 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: £10 General Admission | £8 Concessions


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Reviews of Richard Mills’ The Beatles and Fandom: Sex, Death, and Progressive Nostalgia

“Mills takes a deep dive into the Beatles’ history, and he explains their influential longevity and sustained credence as a group and as individual musical entities … [Those] in the world of academia will find this journey to understanding the artistic phenomenon known as the Beatles–where, why, and how it began and why it still continues–right down Penny Lane. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.” – CHOICE

“I found it hard to put down … The Beatles and Fandom is absolutely recommended reading for Beatles researchers and music fandom scholars.” – IASPM JOURNAL

“A fresh, comprehensive take on the fans we thought we knew for all these years! The Beatles and Fandom will be an indispensable resource for Beatles and pop culture scholars, as well as a fascinating read for anyone else seeking to know more about fans of the Fabs.” (Katie Kapurch, Assistant Professor of English, Texas State, USA, and co-editor of New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles)

The Beatles and Fandom shows how looking back can be a way of creating new communities, mash-ups, tributes and commentaries. Covering an impressive variety of fan practices and media, Richard Mills challenges stereotypes and engages with the real complexities and pleasures of Beatles fandom. Whether analysing the ‘journalist-as-superfan’, Beatles Monthly or the band’s presence on YouTube, this thought-provoking book leaves no room for doubt: fan studies is fab.” (Matt Hills, Professor of Journalism and Media, University of Huddersfield, UK, and author of Fan Cultures)