Mick or Keith: blended identity of online rock fans

  title={Mick or Keith: blended identity of online rock fans},
  author={Andrea Baker},
  journal={Identity in the Information Society},
  • Andrea Baker
  • Published 24 June 2009
  • Sociology
  • Identity in the Information Society
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