The subject of this master thesis is fan letters to the Danish rock band Gasolin’. The band rose to stardom in Denmark during the 1970’s and became the first huge rock act in Denmark. The letters are from the period 1973-77. The band’s special mixture of pop and rock often had critics accuse them of being a commercial band who wrote songs of social and partly political character whilst earning a lot of money – which meant that they were not “true” to their rebellion roots. The band challenged the meaning of authenticity as this meaning was constructed amongst rock critics during the youth rebellion of the late 1960’s. In the collection of fan letters it is possible to discover what is of importance for the fans in their fandom of Gasolin’: 1) How the dichotomy of pop and rock shows 2) How the influence of the youth rebellion, which took place a few years beforehand, shows. Most letters treat Gasolin’ as a “typical” pop band - for example praising the looks of the band members and asking whether they are in relationships. Other letters show how Gasolin’ is seen as a rock band - emphasezing how the band differs from pop bands by being more “rough” and “real”. Political and money issues do not have importance to the fans in their view on a the band. The fans are mainly 12 to 15 years of age which comes to show in the letters. They use symbols as alcohol and drugs to show that they are growing up demanding independence and rebelling against norms. The band considered fandom to be silly and wouldn’t have much to do with their fans. This fact, as well as how the band introduced themselves, is analyzed from the understanding of the dichotomy of pop and rock as it is constructed in the rock culture of the 1970’s in Denmark.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||15 nov. 2010|
|Vejledere||Karin Cohr Lützen|