What is a super-fan? I think immediately of the Beatles. There’s that scene in A Hard Day’s Night in which adoring fans chase the band. The guys are smiling — John and Paul and George and Ringo — but there is a note of hysteria. Madness has been unleashed, some special category of desire that has made physical contact with a Beatle more important than anything else in the universe.

 

I remember watching old footage of young girls screaming their brains out and then collapsing in a heap as The Beatles performed. I asked my parents what was wrong. It scared me. It seemed that something terrible was happening. These people were having an experience that was too much for them. They were willing to do anything, in my eyes: throw themselves from cliffs, rend flesh, erase their… More…