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Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World
During the past three decades, heavy metal music has gone global, becoming a potent source of meaning and identity for fans around the world. In Metal Rules the Globe, ethnographers and some of the foremost authorities in the burgeoning field of metal studies analyze this dramatic expansion of heavy metal music and culture. They take readers inside metal scenes in Brazil, ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Duke University Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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please note: i here only refer to ross hagen's article in this book, called “Ideology and Mythology in Norwegian Black Metal.” which i could get my hands on. well, there is the old question about how black metal is connected to other phenomena like heathenism and nationalism. it was not a bad essay, i liked many parts of it that tried to explain in depth the special black metal sound, how it was created and which musical specialities are part of it. then we turn towards ideology and mythology an ...more
There were some really interesting essays in here and only one I thought was rather weak. The book is really technical so I recommend to either know the country / bands well enough to follow or to have some understanding of musicology. I skipped some where I lacked historical background info. Then on the other hand the chapter on metal and extremist ideology was very enlightening to see how music and ideology work together. I also enjoyed the essays on metal and Latin America as a personal area ...more
I devoured this in three days which says a lot about the fascinating cases and arguments in this book. Yet, I felt it didn't quite deliver what I expected. On the positive side, the editors' introduction and Weinstein's Wallach's chapters especially pay attention to the neoliberal context where metal finds itself globally. This really is the one thing that permeates every 'scene', and even more attention should be paid to it. This is a promising start. On the less positive side, the overwhelming ...more
This is a sociological text, so although it does have some interested for the casual metal fan, some of it is pretty dry and hard to get through. I suggest a grocery list approach - flip through it, read the stuff that interests you, ignore the rest. There's some very neat stuff in here, and some crap of only interest to an academic.
A cultural anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, Jeremy Wallach is a professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include Indonesian music, globalization, genre, music and technology, jazz, punk, world music, and metal. He has given presentations on his scholarship all over the US and in eight foreign countries.