Music. That one word can send chills up my body. A song has the power create emotions that someone has never felt before, and a band? They have the ability to create a family. Although it may not be biological, a music fandom can be just as influential as blood relatives. As Jonathan Marks said, “membership in these unbiological groupings may mean the difference between life and death, for they are the categories that allow us to be identified (and accepted or vilified) socially.”  Fans laugh, cry, scream, and sing together. They create memories; some, that the best day of their lives. After all that, who wouldn’t call this group of people a family?
Due to technology, the time and ways that artists are able to spend communicating with their fans has increased. From these new forms of interacting each fandom has created their own symbolic language. It’s given the fandoms an opportunity to communicate with each other by using a simple phrase. Using the One Direction fandom as an example, someone may say, “I feel like Liam in a room of spoons.” To an individual that isn’t apart of the fandom, a spoon is just cutlery that everyone uses, but to someone that was apart of the family they would know that the meaning of spoon in this sentence was more abstract than a simple form of cutlery. Whoever posted that was in a place of fear. The symbolic words and pictures in each fandom have the ability to define how someone is feeling in a certain situation, and as mentioned in lecture having abstract symbols helps to keep society, or even a family, in order.
Since we’re considering a fandom a family, the social structure of them must be discussed. Structural-Functionalists would observe a fandom to see if there are “relations of association between individual organisms.” If someone observed a fandom they would find that the band is at the highest point, then comes the oldest fans, the ones who have been around the longest. Lastly would be the babies of the family, those who have recently joined into the fandom. But the relations of people may change throughout the years. The babies will eventually become the older group. Throughout the years, even with constant shifts of band members, songs, and memories the structure of a bands fandom remains similar throughout time.
With the new age of technology, musical artists are provided with a brand new opportunity. Being able to communicate with fans has created an epidemic of fandom families. An interest in music has given millions of people around the world a place to communicate and belong. Music can create family.
 Jonathan Marks, “Black White Other”, in Natural History, 1994, p. 11.
 Lecture, Professor Carole McGranahan, ANTH 2100 Introduction To Cultural Anthropology, 31 August 2015.
 A. R Radcliffe-Brown, “On Social Structure”, in Structure and Function in Primitive Society, 1940, p. 122.
 A.R Radcliffe-Brown “On Social Structure”, in Structure and Function in Primitive Society, 1940, p. 124.