Posts Tagged ‘Heavy Metal’
Sam Dunn is a thirty year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on Guatemalan refugees. He then moved on to study a group he has himself been a member of since he was a teenager – heavy metal fans. Sam goes on a journey around the world to talk to the fans of an art form beloved by those involved by generally dismissed by the critics and the more general music fans. Though as an aside I wouldn’t agree with him that there are no casual metal fans, I and several people I know include a love of certain metal bands and songs along with other music.
Dunn also looks at the history of the metal, not just the usual ‘it started with Sabbath’ but also Hendrix and Cream and then back to Wager and the insane double bass on steroids – the octobass, looking for the heavier sound’s origin in classical music. In a wide ranging study Dunn also looks at aspects of sexism and class in the subject such as how many bands found their origins in the industrial heartlands like Black Sabbath. Read the rest of this entry »