Global metal music and culture: current directions in metal studies

Brown, A.R, Spracklen, K, Kahn-Harris, K and Scott, N.W.R, eds. (2016) Global metal music and culture: current directions in metal studies. Routledge, New York, NY. ISBN 9781138822382

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This book defines the key ideas, scholarly debates, and research activities that have contributed to the formation of the international and interdisciplinary field of Metal Studies. Drawing on insights from a wide range of disciplines including popular music, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, musicology and gender studies, this volume offers new and innovative research on metal musicology, global/local scenes studies, fandom, class, gender, ethnicity and metal identity, metal media, and commerce. Offering a wide-ranging focus on bands, scenes, periods, and sounds, contributors explore topics such as the riff-based song writing of classic heavy metal bands, neo-classical appropriations, and the ‘sell-out’ controversies surrounding major bands, such as Metallica; the musical and political-aesthetics of grindcore, drone metal and retro-progressive metals, and the gender politics and reception aesthetics of local metal scenes. The volume explores the changing profile of global metal fandom, via net and festival survey research and the changing sounds and scapes of metal production technologies, logos and merchandising, t-shirt and jewellery design, and fan communities that define the global metal music economy and subcultural scene. The volume explores how the new academic discipline of metal studies was formed, as well as looking forward to the future of metal music and its relationship to metal scholarship and fandom. With an international range of contributors, this volume will appeal to scholars of popular music, cultural studies, and sociology, as well as those interested in metal music and metal communities around the world.

Item Type: Book

Part of the 'Routledge Studies in Popular Music' series.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
UoA: Cultural, Communication Studies & Media
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Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 08:40
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 15:44
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