Thefilms “A hard day’s night” and, “Never say never” arefeature films of the lives of The Beatles and Justin Beiberrespectively. “A hard day’s night” follows the lives of TheBeatles as they try to live normal lives and their performance inLondon (Ehrenreich, Hess & Jacobs, 1997). “Never say never”features the life of Justin Beiber and features his most successfulshows that were sold out.”A hard day’s night” framed fans ascrazy people who could do anything to be close to The Beatles. On theother hand, “Never say never” shows fans as the driving forcebehind the success of Justin Beiber. The fandom is presented as thecentre of Beiber’s life and activities.
Thefandom of both films can, however be considered structured in someinstances such as when the fans chased The Beatles down the streetsto the train and Beiber’s documentary kept featuring screamingfemale fans. As Ehrenreich noted, in the film “A Hard day’snight,” the girls featured in the film represented the rise ofwomen liberation and the feature mostly concentrated on theactivities of female fans who were expressing sexual liberation(Ehrenreich, Hess & Jacobs, 1997). Both films especially focusedon the role of female fans, and this shows that they were structured.
Theacts of The Beatles’ fans could be more problematic than those ofBeiber’s fans because the fans usually chased them on the streets,and the female fans were especially expressing their sexuality forthe first time in history. The expression of repressed sexuality isproblematic as it ushered in a revolution that shaped the modernsociety. On the other hand, Beiber’s fans are less problematic asthey live in an age where sexual expression is open and thus it isthe norm rather than the exception. Pop music fandom has, however,not changed much as some fans still go crazy over their pop stars asdepicted in Beiber’s film. The film shows screaming female fans whogo to extreme ends to show their support of pop stars.
Ehrenreich,B., Hess, E and Jacobs, G. (1997). “Beatlemania: A sexually defiantconsumer subculture?” TheSubcultures Reader. London:Routledge.