Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in Latino StudiesNew Books in MusicNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Popular CultureNew Books in SociologyNew Books Network February 13, 2017 Rebekah J. Buchanan
In Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands (Headpress, 2016), Melissa Hidalgo examines the world of Morrissey fandom in US-Mexico borderlands. As the frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey is regarded as one of the most influential and iconic musical performers to come out of the Manchester music scene. Yet, for the past three decades, Morrissey has made a name for himself as a solo performer, with committed and passionate fans across the world. As a solo performer, Morrissey has a larger fan base in borderland cities such as Los Angeles, the focus of Hidalgo’s work. In Mozlandia, Hidalgo deftly unpacks fandom, specifically as it plays out with Chicano/a, Latino/a, and Mexican fans. Hidalgo presents the ways in which fans contribute to the Morrissey community through MorrisseyOke, tribute bands, radio shows, plays and other literary tributes. By situating her work in the borderland city of Los Angeles, Hidalgo is able to present what a fan community looks like and the variety of ways fan culture is enacted. A fan of Morrissey herself, Hidalgo effectively weaves an academic lens with a true tribute book to Morrissey and his fan.
Rebekah Buchanan is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Illinois University. Her work examines the role of narrative–both analog and digital–in people’s lives. She is interested in how personal narratives produced in alternative spaces create sites that challenge traditionally accepted public narratives. She researches zines, zine writers and the influence of music subcultures and fandom on writers and narratives. You can find more about her on her website, follow her on Twitter @rj_buchanan or email her at email@example.com.