Running with the Devil
Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music
Publication Year: 2013
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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Published by: Wesleyan University Press
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I am grateful for the generosity of the nearly two hundred heavy metal fans from Minnesota, California, Michigan, and Illinois who discussed their music and their lives with me. Through interviews, casual conversa tions, and questionnaires, their assistance was invaluable in helping me to understand heavy metal. In contrast to the common stereotype of metal ...
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In the catacombs of a nineteenth-century warehouse, hulking in a run down riverfront district, passageways wind through rough stonework to connect small rooms, each fronted by a sturdy iron door. Behind these doors musicians compose and rehearse through all hours of the day and night. Wandering the crooked hallways, I hear waves of sound ...
I. Metallurgies: Genre, History, and the Construction of Heavy Metal
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I have been invited to try my hand at explaining heavy-metal music. First, heavy metal is power. . .. -Rob Halford ofJudas Priest 1 The Oxford English Dictionary traces "heavy metal" back through nearly two hundred years. In the late twentieth century, the term has two primary meanings: for chemists and metallurgists, it labels a group of ...
2. Beyond the Vocals: Toward the Analysis of Popular Musical Discourses
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...someone hits a particular chord, the way a snare drum is cracked. When asked if he thought his mother would approve of his band's lyrics, guitarist Eddie Van Halen replied that he had no idea of what the lyrics were.2 Many people talk about the "meaning" of a song when what they are really discussing is only the song's lyrics. But verbal meanings are ...
3. Eruptions: Heavy Metal Appropriations of Classical Virtuosity
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We have now heard him, the strange wonder, whom the superstition of past ages, possessed by the delusion that such things could never be done without the help of the Evil One, would undoubtedly have condemned to the stake-we have heard hinl, and seen him too, which, of course, makes a part of the affair. Just look at the pale, slender youth in his ...
4. Forging Masculinity: Heavy Metal Sounds and Images of Gender
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The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation Orpheus, the godlike musician of Greek mythology, was a natural figure for opera plots, which must reconcile heroics and song; his legend ary rhetorical powers made him the most popular subject of early seventeenth-century dramatic music, with settings by Monteverdi, Peri, ...
5. Can I Play with Madness? Mysticism, Horror and Postmodern Politics
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In his course on rhetoric, the Roman orator Quintilian included a ficti tious legal exercise in the politics of music and madness. He presented the case of a musician who is accused of manslaughter because he played in the wrong musical mode during a sacrifice; by playing in the Phrygian mode, a piper allegedly caused the officiating priest to go mad and fling ...
Appendix I: Heavy Metal Canons
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Appendix 2: Heavy Metal Questionnaire
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Page Count: 254
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Music Culture