Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture

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McFarland, May 5, 2003 - Music - 242 pages
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Death Metal is among the most despised forms of violently themed entertainment. Many politicians, conservative groups and typical Americans attribute youth violence and the destruction of social values to such entertainment. The usual assumptions about the Death Metal scene and its fans have rarely been challenged. This book investigates the demographic trends, attitudes, philosophical beliefs, ethical systems, and behavioral patterns within the scene, seeking to situate death metal in the larger social order. The Death Metal community proves to be a useful microcosm for much of American subculture and lends insight into the psychological and social functions of many forbidden or illicit entertainment forms. The author's analysis, rich in interviews with rock stars, radio hosts, and average adolescent fans, provides a key to comprehending deviant tendencies in modern American culture.
 

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my sister in law is a university professor and publishes reports. so i have some experience reading research findings. that is what this book is. it explores death metal from a scientific viewpoint ... Read full review

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I was so very disappointed with this book. I understood when I signed up to win it that it is basically the authors' college research project. I was expecting somewhat dry statistics, but sprinkled ... Read full review

Contents

The History of the Death Metal Scene
51
Death Metal and American Politicians
77
Confronting the Consumers of Carnage
95
The Mind of the Metal Head and the Heart of the Underground
149
Personal Reflections on Death Metal
187
Project Goals Implications and Methodology
195
Topics of Focus and Research Hypotheses
198
Coded Survey
205
Sample Interview Questions
216
Criticism of Methods and Suggestions for Future Research
219
Notes
223
Bibliography
227
Index
233
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Natalie J. Purcell is a professional in the nonprofit sector and a sociopolitical activist associated with the Amnesty International. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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