Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

Academic, Historian, and Author

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is an academic, historian, and author of the books Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy, Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian CurtisThe Secular Religion of Fandom, and editor of Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture.  She is also the Course Leader of Music Journalism at BIMM London, a college that specializes in music education.  Her new book, Why Vinyl Matters was published this year by the ACC Publishing Group and celebrates our love of vinyl with in depth interviews with Henry Rollins, Lars Urlich of Metallica, Fat Boy Slim, Gaz Coombes of Supergrass, Fab 5 Freddy, celebrated author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity), Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Fat Mike of NOFX and Fat Wreck Chords, and many more.  The LA Weekly called the book "terrific" and "a true love letter to vinyl records."  This is Jennifer's Fidelity High:  Cyndi Lauper // She's So Unusual // Portrait Records // 1983.  Jennifer says, "My gateway drug to punk, feminism and pop. I had never seen a girl with a shaved head, funky clothes or dyed hair before Cyndi. This record - from the Annie Lebovitz techno color cover to the songs with topics ranging from heartbreak to masturbation - blew open my 10 year old mind to the possibilities of being."












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