Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
is a media and music academic and author, specializing in fan culture, the cult of dead celebrity, music and music heritage. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, using her experience as a former American music industry and Silicon Valley executive to explore a range of societal issues and behaviors. Jen‘s last project, the #1 charting Why Vinyl Matters, is a manifesto about the importance of vinyl as a cultural object, and features interviews with a variety of fans, including Tim Burgess, Henry Rollins and Fatboy Slim. Jen has recently been signed to Faber & Faber to write the complete biography of Nico and is the associate producer of the forthcoming documentary, Vinyl Revival.Panel Talk: DIY vs Indie vs Major.