"Everything louder than everything else": the contemporary metal music magazine and its cultural appeal

Brown, A.R (2007) '"Everything louder than everything else": the contemporary metal music magazine and its cultural appeal.' Journalism Studies, 8 (4). pp. 642-655. ISSN 1461-670X

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Abstract

Within contemporary metal culture the apparently ludicrous request ‘can we have everything louder than everything else?’ has come to acquire something of touchstone status, in epitomising the desire to find a way of increasing the volume of individual elements within the limitations of overall volume excess. Metal music culture, both in the past and in its current variants, has always prided itself on being the loudest and most intense-sounding of all genres. What this paper seeks to do is map contemporary metal magazine culture in the UK. It does so against current contradictory critical and academic debates about music culture and magazine culture, involving the apparent decline of ‘critical rock journalism’ and the rise of consumer-oriented lifestyle magazines. Drawing on recent debates about the ‘circuit of magazine culture’ (Jackson et al 2001: 19) and a return to a closer examination of the content and features of the ‘magazine’ itself (as well as the ‘interpretative repertoires’ of readers) I report on my current research into this neglected area of current youth consumption.

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This article was published as part of the special issue of Journalism Studies entitled 'Mapping the Magazine'. It was later published as part of the book 'Mapping the magazine: comparative studies in magazine journalism' edited by Tim Holmes in 2009.

Keywords: circuit of culture, identity, interpretative repertoires, metal, music magazines, youth consumption
Divisions: School of Creative Industries
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616700701412209
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2020 17:04
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2020 17:09
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