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Lords of Chaos by Michael Moynihan
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Sep 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: biog-autobiog, crime, music, politics
Read in April, 2010

Enjoyable book regardless as to whether you are interested in the origins of the black metal scene or not as it encompases various subjects such as the murders,church burnings and eventual right wing politics of some of the acts.
Starting in Norway and viewing that scene as the start the music plus wave of criminality is explored across the globe, the book is not too preachy however and seeks to understand the multiple parts that inspire the scene taking in Satanism,Heathenism,folklore,literature and occassional extreme world views.
It also points to various bands and is therefore of interest for those seeking to understand the music better it's evolution and it's high as well as low points.
It's an all encompassing book wholly enjoyable and although sometimes uncomfortable is well worth seeking out.

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