Showcasing Fandom: Joel, Collector and Facebook Fan

Last year, I wanted to take the time to showcase different means of expressing fandom outside of what Rhonda and I do or are super familiar with.  To that end, I asked for volunteers to complete a questionnaire to tell all of us how s/he expresses fandom.  I have posted some questionnaires from fan artists, fans in tribute bands, fans in other fandoms, fans who have webpages about Duran and more.  Today, I take the time to show Joel, a collector and Facebook using Duranie!

How do you express your fandom?  Art, Fic, Remixes, Webpage, Message Boards, Facebook group, etc?

I would say that I mostly express my fandom via Facebook.  It used to be MySpace when it started but when Facebook started, it all went there.  With the large amount of fans, fan pages, and groups dedicated to the band, it is the easiest and most fun way to participate.  I do not use twitter.  I am on the DD message board run by Mark UK, but rarely check it.

Describe exactly what it is that you do.

Probably like a lot of people I reply to posts and comments, post pictures and videos.  Sometimes, I will post Duran Duran stuff on my Facebook page, but that’s it, really.  I do not use Twitter, run any pages or fan groups, or have a personal blogs, either.

Why did you choice this means of expressing your fandom?

Facebook is easy and fast.  It is the best way to communicate with fans worldwide.

Tell me your fandom story.  When did you become a fan?  What drew you to Duran Duran?

I became aware of Duran Duran because my sister had the Rio album and liked Roger.  Of course, I heard the music on the radio and on the TV, but I was more into Culture Club then.  So I liked them, but equally to Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and the other 80s groups from then.  When I went to the hospital for a month, that all changed.  My hospital ”roommate” had the Seven and the Ragged Tiger album and kept playing it over and over and over.  From  that moment on, it ALL changed (this was during Christmas 1984/New Year’s Eve 1985).  I was hooked.  When I returned home all the Culture Club/Boy George posters were taken off the wall to be quickly replaced for  a full-on Duran Duran wall tapestry.  the insane obsession went full on, for a least 10 years strong.  What drew me to this sound was Simon’s voice, the mélodies, and the videos that looked more like movies.  I thought they were perfect, looked stylish, and had great hair.  The vinyls had great designs.  No other band of that time was as perfect as them.  It was so much fun to collect all their stuff then!!!!

How else do you participate in the fandom?  Attend shows, meetups, conventions?  Discuss the band on message boards, facebook, twitter?

Now, I’d say I participate by networking via Facebook, youtube, and the message board.  Then, it was by being penpals with lots of people, writing articles in fanzines…I wish there were fan conventions closer to home.  I haven’t attended any conventions or meet-ups yet.

What has the reaction been to your expression of fandom?  What do you people think of your work?

Well, I’m a Duran Duran collector.  Fans react well to the pictures I post of the stuff I buy.  Otherwise, in real life, I keep it pretty low key. I, sometimes, wear Duran t shirts at work or at home, but that’s it.  My full-on fanboy self comes out when I go to the shows, or related events like John Taylor’s book signing.

Do you use your means of expression outside of fandom?

No.

Can you share something that you are most proud of?

Hmm…it could be my Duran Duran photos I personally took at shows or my Duran autographs.  It could be some of the rare t-shirts, magazines, and books I have collected over the years

 I appreciate Joel’s participation and would love to know what he collects, where he finds his treasures and if he had any pictures of his collection that he would want to share!
-A

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