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Journal articles or book chapters

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Age

Multiple damnations: deconstructing the critical response to boy band phenomena. (2012)

Biography

Reading the rock biography: A life without theory? (1999)

Alas, poor‪‪ Richard‪‪: Fandom, personal identity and Ben Myer’s novelization of Richey Edwards’ life story (2017)

Leaving the building: Elvis, celebrity, biography, and the limits of psychological autopsy (2019)

Body / Corporeality

Elvis Presley and Susan Boyle: bodies of controversy (2011)

Celebrity Following

Celebrity: The return of the repressed in fan studies (2014)

Trading offstage photos: Take That fan culture and the collaborative preservation of popular music heritage (2015)

From secret fantasies to social systems: re-reading Starlust as a portrait of the dedicated popular music audience (2016)

Community Building

Finding ‘love’ (2013)

Boosting Elvis: A content analysis of editorial stories from one fan club magazine (2012)

Applying Durkheim to Elvis (2012)

I scream therefore I fan? Music audiences and affective citizenship (2017)

Disability

Beyond exploitation cinema: Music fandom, disability, and Mission to Lars (2016)

Documentary

Mediating The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector: Documenting monstrosity? (2013)

Fanfic

A hard day’s write: Beatles fanfic and the quantum of creativity (2021)

Gender

Caught in a trap? Beyond pop theory’s ‘butch’ construction of male Elvis fans (2001)

Heritage / Nostalgia

Walking in Memphis? Elvis heritage between fan fantasy and built environment (2013)

Sworn in: Today, Bill Grundy and the Sex Pistols (2016)

Live Music

‘We are interrupted by your noise’: Heckling and the symbolic economy of popular music stardom (2009)

Why promote sold‐out concerts? A Durkheimian analysis (2012)

Beyond Beatlemania: The Shea stadium concert as discursive construct (2015)

Methodology

Towards a new vocabulary (2013)

Fan practices (2015)

New directions in music fan studies (2016)

Directions in music fan research: Undiscovered territories and hard problems (2017)

Fannish identities and scholarly responsibilities: A conversation (2017)

Understanding which fandom? Insights from two decades as a music fan researcher (2018)

Fans and consumption (2020)

Nationalism

Going down like a song: national identity, global commerce and the Great Canadian Party (2000)

A ‘strange blooding in the ways of popular culture’? Party at the Palace as hegemonic project (2004)

Race

Average white band: Kraftwerk and the politics of race (2010)

Fear nothing: Self-fashioning and social mobility in 50 Cent’s The 50th Law (2011)

Ghetto voyeurism? Cross-racial listening and the attribution of sociocultural distance in popular music (2013)

Why I didn’t go down to the Delta: The cultural politics of blues tourism (2014)

Religion

False faith or false comparison? A critique of the religious interpretation of Elvis fan culture (2003)

Elvis’ gospel music: Between the secular and the spiritual? (2015)

Representation

Crash! Music press coverage of performers in automobile accidents (2020)

Transcending audience generalizations: Consumerism reconsidered in the case of Elvis Presley fans (2000)

The ballad of Mark Chapman (2004)

Beyond ‘obsessive’ Collectors and ‘screaming’ girls (2015)

Technology

Imagined memories: Webcasting as a ‘live’ technology and the case of ‘Little Big Gig’ (2003)

Naturalising the webcast: Live performance, nostalgia and Paul McCartney’s ‘Little Big Gig’ (2002)

Non-English

Aplicando Durkheim a Elvis: um estudo de cultura de fãs (2015)

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Books

ELVIS (Equinox, 2020)

“Do we need another book on Elvis? Yes, we do, if the book is by so sophisticated and well-read a scholar as Mark Duffett. Intersecting and interrogating existing interpretations within a larger musical and cultural context, Duffett sheds new light on a universally-recognized subject. This book is enlightening.”

Professor Michael Bertrand, Tennessee State University

“Mindful of the need to approach history as more than a mere compilation of dates and places, Duffett seeks to contextualise and understand the singer, his music, and the responses they provoked. He succeeds admirably, and offers a dynamic analysis in which Presley is recognised not just as a revolutionary performer, but as a historical and sociological event.”

Dr Ian Inglis, author of Popular Music and Performance

COUNTING DOWN ELVIS: HIS 100 FINEST SONGS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)

“This is Elvis catnip, a comprehensive collection of reappraisals of one of the most seriously misunderstood singers of them all.”

Dylan Jones, O.B.E., editor-in-chief GQ magazine, author of Elvis Has Left The Building

“In this energetic and insightful look at the songs of Elvis Presley, Duffett… is interested in the big picture of an artist who… ‘could see into the emotional core of each piece of music’ … a fascinating and useful look at the King’s work.”

Publishers Weekly

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UNDERSTANDING FANDOM (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Understanding Fandom offers an impressive overview of unparalleled scope in examining the many traditions, concepts and methodologies in the study of fans. It is an indispensable text for students and scholars alike.”

Professor Cornel Sandvoss, Centre for Participatory Culture, University of Huddersfield

“[Duffett’s] strategy is primarily educative: to usefully and clearly explain the methods, discourses and debates that emerge from thinking about a body of work on fandom … The book [has] immense value as an introduction to media fandom. Duffett’s authoritative voice and theoretical acumen are much needed as fan studies becomes a pressing subject for more than a few graduate researchers.”

Dr Daniel Cavicchi, Vice Provost, Rhode Island School of Design

BRYAN ADAMS: A FRETTED BIOGRAPHY (Bennion Kearny, 2012)

“Adams’ successes throughout the 1980s and 1990s are well documented… Overall, Duffett’s biography of the ‘Groover from Vancouver’ Bryan Adams is well written and a fine introduction to Adams’ career for most fans.”

Paul Bezanker in The Record / CD / Cassette Collectors’ Exchange

“Something that you don’t see very often… contains Canadian press information on the man that was previously unavailable in the UK.”

Making Music Magazine

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Co-written Books

SCARY MONSTERS: MASCULINITY AND MONSTROSITY IN POPULAR MUSIC CULTURE (Bloomsbury, 2021)

This upcoming book is co-written with Dr Jon Hackett and examines cases studies in popular music from the unique perspective of masculinity and monstrosity.

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Edited and Co-edited Volumes

POPULAR MUSIC AND AUTOMOBILES (Bloomsbury, 2020)

“Mark Duffett and Beate Peter’s Popular Music and Automobiles not only helps remedy the paucity of writings on this subject, but does so in an entertaining and informative fashion. This book sheds new light on two postwar pop culture passions and their relationship to each other.”

Professor Timothy D. TaylorUCLA Ethnomusicologist

“Ranging across decades, genres, and continents, Popular Music and Automobiles is a powerful vehicle for exploring the complexities of culture and identity.”

Professor Mark Katz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillauthor of Capturing Sound

STORIES WE COULD TELL: PUTTING WORDS TO AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC – BY DAVID SANJEK (Routledge, 2020)

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“When David Sanjek died in 2011, still in his fifties, the now-familiar mode of tributes and memories posted online was swift and heartfelt… Based on wide reading in studies of popular music, principally in history and biography, Stories We Could Tell discovers at its heart eight ‘narrative’ models that can be understood to order such studies.”

Dr Dai Griffiths, Oxford Brookes University, in Popular Music

FAN IDENTITIES AND PRACTICES: DEDICATED TO MUSIC (Routledge, 2018)

This volume was based on two special issues of the journal Popular Music and Society. As well as a new introduction and conclusion, it features 14 chapters from a diverse range of academic contributors.

“These insights move the scholarship away from stereotypes and instead provide useful templates in understanding these activities and motivations for fans and scholars alike. As there are currently no comparative works on popular music fandom that examine identity and practices in this detail, these two volumes make excellent companion pieces and are essential reading for both fans and popular music enthusiasts.”

Dr Stephanie Fremaux, in IASPM@Journal

POPULAR MUSIC FANDOM: IDENTITIES, ROLES AND PRACTICES (Routledge, 2014)

“The scholars gathered by Mark Duffett… open up for the fan and the academic alike, a world of possibilities, of methods, subjects, and objects. It is a risky challenge, one that refuses the safety of walking exclusively on the well-trodden paths of, say, issues of identity or resistance. Rather, the authors have chosen to explore the more unsettling and complex question of practice, a choice that gives the book its originality and relevance.”

Professor Claude Chastagner, University Paul Valerie, Montpellier

“As a collection of chapters, ideas and analyses, Popular Music Fandom offers a varied, interesting and important contribution to the growing area of fandom and fan culture studies that is certain to influence further research.”

Dr Jadey O’ReganUniversity of Syndey, in DanceCult