Bootlegging the Airwaves: Alternative Histories of Radio and Television Distribution (The History of Media and Communication) (Hardcover)

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How fan passion and technology merged into a new subculture

Long before internet archives and the anytime, anywhere convenience of streaming, people collected, traded, and shared radio and television content via informal networks that crisscrossed transnational boundaries.

Eleanor Patterson’s fascinating cultural history explores the distribution of radio and TV tapes from the 1960s through the 1980s. Looking at bootlegging against the backdrop of mass media’s formative years, Patterson delves into some of the major subcultures of the era. Old-time radio aficionados felt the impact of inexpensive audio recording equipment and the controversies surrounding programs like Amos ‘n’ Andy. Bootlegging communities devoted to buddy cop TV shows like Starsky and Hutch allowed women to articulate female pleasure and sexuality while Star Trek videos in Australia inspired a grassroots subculture built around community viewings of episodes. Tape trading also had a profound influence on creating an intellectual pro wrestling fandom that aided wrestling’s growth into an international sports entertainment industry.

About the Author


Eleanor Patterson is an assistant professor of media studies at Auburn University.

Praise For…


“A highly valuable contribution to media and cultural history. Patterson goes in-depth about important and eclectic bootlegging practices, and in particular highlights how people have utilized these technologies and systems to generate their own cultures around the objects of their fandom and interests.”--Derek Kompare, coeditor of Making Media Work: Cultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries


Product Details
ISBN: 9780252045585
ISBN-10: 0252045580
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: The History of Media and Communication