In stunning contrast, admirers of Tori Amos comprise a more introspective category of fan. Sing Us a Son, Piano Woman examines the wide range of stories from these listeners, exploring how Amos’s female fans are unique because Amos places the experiences of women at the center of her music. Tori Amos’s fan base is considered devoted because of the deeply emotional, often healing, connection they have to her music, an aspect that has been overlooked, particularly in sociological and cultural research on gender, emotions and music.
Tori Amos’s female fans as a social phenomenon are vital for understanding the multi-layered relationships women can have with female singer/songwriters. At a time when superficial women dominate public media presentations, from the Kardashians to the “Real Housewives,” the relationship between Tori Amos and her fans illustrates the continuous search by women for female performers who challenge patriarchal standards in popular culture. Trier-Bieniek’s research serves as a springboard for further study of women in pop culture whose purpose is empower and provoke their fans, as well as change society.
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Table of Contents
1 "Cock Rock" and "Teenybop": Finding Gender in Pop Music 15
2 Challenging the Pop Culture Portrait of Female Fans 33
3 Musical Healing 57
4 Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman 77
5 "I Felt Like I Should Do Something" 99
6 Moving Forward 117
Appendix: Methods, My Position as a Tori Amos Fan, and Further Information 131
About the Author 169