Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music, Edition 2

Wesleyan University Press
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Dismissed by critics and academics, condemned by parents and politicians, and fervently embraced by legions of fans, heavy metal music continues to attract and embody cultural conflicts that are central to society. In Running with the Devil, Robert Walser explores how and why heavy metal works, both musically and socially, and at the same time uses metal to investigate contemporary formations of identity, community, gender, and power. This edition includes a new foreword by Harris M. Berger contextualizing the work and a new afterword by the author.

Ebook Edition Note: Ebook edition note: all photographs (16) have been redacted.
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ROBERT WALSER is a professor and director of the Center of Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He has published extensively on popular music, including Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History. Walser has received NEH and ACLS fellowships and has twice won the Irving Lowens Award. HARRIS M. BERGER is professor of music and performance studies at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Stance and coeditor of Metal Rules the Globe.
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Wesleyan University Press
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Published on
Oct 16, 2014
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Pages
268
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ISBN
9780819575159
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Language
English
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Genres
Music / General
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Popular Culture
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