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Running with the Devil
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book.

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.

Ebook Edition Note: Ebook edition note: all photographs (16) have been redacted.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-21
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  1. I. Metallurgies: Genre, History, and the Construction of Heavy Metal
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 2. Beyond the Vocals: Toward the Analysis of Popular Musical Discourses
  2. pp. 26-55
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  1. 3. Eruptions: Heavy Metal Appropriations of Classical Virtuosity
  2. pp. 57-107
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  1. 4. Forging Masculinity: Heavy Metal Sounds and Images of Gender
  2. pp. 108-136
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  1. 5. Can I Play with Madness? Mysticism, Horror and Postmodern Politics
  2. pp. 137-172
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  1. Appendix I: Heavy Metal Canons
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. Appendix 2: Heavy Metal Questionnaire
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-204
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  1. Select Discography
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. Photographs [not included with digital version]
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