Providing an extensive overview of the music, fashion, films, and philosophies behind the movement, this inclusive encyclopedia chronicles the history and development of heavy metal, including sub-movements such as death metal, speed metal, grindcore, and hair metal.
Essential and highly entertaining reading for high school and undergraduate courses in popular music studies, communications, media studies, and cultural studies, the Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music and Culture offers a guide to the ultimate underground music, exploring its rich cultural diversity, resilience, and adaptability. Entries for musicians include a discography for those wanting to start or develop their music collections.
As the magazine's current editor, Edith Kurzweil, notes in her new introduction, many of the literary and political disagreements that famously marked Partisan Review's history originated in the editors' initial adherence to a program of radical politics and avant-gardism. Although this proved increasingly unworkable, Phillips and Rahv, even from the outset, never allowed sectarian narrowness to determine the magazine's contents. Over the decades, Partisan Review published work by authors as far from radicalism as T. S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens or from Marxist orthodoxy as Albert Camus and George Orwell. In literature, its contributors were as stylistically and intellectually varied as Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, Robert Lowell and Isaac Bashevis Singer. In short, Partisan Review featured the best fiction, poetry, and essays of the 1940s and postwar decades. Beyond its literary preeminence, Partisan Review was famed as the most representative journal of the New York Intellectuals.
Much of the quality of Partisan Review came from Phillips own broad culture, cosmopolitanism, and intellectual tolerance. As Edith Kurzweil writes, "he kept trying to find a category of criticism' that might enable us all to better come to grips with the complexities of our ever-changing world." Now in paperback, A Partisan View will be of keen interest to intellectual historians as well as literary scholars.
William Phillips (1907-2002) was one of the founding editors of Partisan Review and served as editor in chief from the late 1960s. He was the author of A Sense of the Present.
Edith Kurzweil is the editor of Partisan Review. She is the author of many essays on American and European culture and of The Freudians and The Age of Structuralism, both available from Transaction.