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

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Wesleyan University Press, 1993 - Music - 222 pages
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A musicologist and cultural critic as well as a professional musician, Robert Walser offers a comprehensive musical, social, and cultural analysis of heavy metal in Running with the Devil. Dismissed by critics and academics, condemned by parents and politicians, fervently embraced by legions of fans, heavy metal music attracts and embodies cultural conflicts that are central to our society. 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.

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An interesting (and incredibly in-depth) review of many aspects of metal music and culture. I borrowed this book knowing that it was about 80s popular metal, though I was a bit disappointed Walser did ... Read full review

Running with the Devil: power, gender, and madness in heavy metal music

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Heavy metal music, one of the most significant musical influences of the 1980s, has received little serious attention by academics. This ethnographic study goes a long way toward counteracting the ... Read full review


Genre History and
Toward theAnalysis
Heavy Metal Appropriations
Heavy Metal Sounds
and Postmodern Politics
Heavy Metal Canons

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ROBERT WALSER is Professor and Chairman of Musicology at UCLA. He is editor of Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History (Oxford University Press, 1999) and of the journal American Music.

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