I’m always a bit surprised when I find myself identified as a fan scholar or as a figure in Girlhood Studies. I did not set out to be either. I slowly realized that the responsible culprit is my 2003 article in this journal, “Teenyboppers, Groupies, and Other Grotesques: Girls and Women and Rock Culture in the 1960s and early 1970s.” The article started life as a dissertation chapter that did not really fit in the overall work but which I wanted to write anyway. I had thought about the subject for a long time, even before I changed careers and went to graduate school in the...

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