Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music [NOOK Book]

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It has been reviled, dismissed, attacked, and occasionally been the subject of Congressional hearings, but still, the genre of music known as heavy metal maintains not only its market share in the recording and downloading industry, but also as a cultural force that has united millions of young and old fans across the globe. Characterized by blaring distorted guitars, drum solos, and dramatic vibrato, the heavy metal movement headbanged its way to the popular culture landscape with bands like Led Zeppelin and ...

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Overview

It has been reviled, dismissed, attacked, and occasionally been the subject of Congressional hearings, but still, the genre of music known as heavy metal maintains not only its market share in the recording and downloading industry, but also as a cultural force that has united millions of young and old fans across the globe. Characterized by blaring distorted guitars, drum solos, and dramatic vibrato, the heavy metal movement headbanged its way to the popular culture landscape with bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath the 1970s. Motley Crue and Metallica made metal a music phenomenon in the 1980s. Heavy metal continues to evolve today with bands like Mastodon and Lamb of God.

Providing an extensive overview of the music, fashion, films, and philosophies behind the movement, this inclusive encyclopedia chronicles the history and development of heavy metal, including sub-movements such as death metal, speed metal, grindcore, and hair metal.

Essential and highly entertaining reading for high school and undergraduate courses in popular music studies, communications, media studies, and cultural studies, the Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music and Culture offers a guide to the ultimate underground music, exploring its rich cultural diversity, resilience, and adaptability. Entries for musicians include a discography for those wanting to start or develop their music collections.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This book aspires to be heavy metal's go-to resource. However, while it does contain a majority of the genre's bands, figures, and terminology, its many conspicuous omissions, like Pantera, Tool, and Nirvana, prevent it from being the definitive subject authority. Still, information provided by Cogan (The Encyclopedia of Punk) and independent music scholar Phillips is enlightening and reveals the personalities driving the rise, fall, resurrection, and subsistence of profiled bands. A worthy alternative is Deena Weinstein's historical Heavy Metal: The Music and Its Culture.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
From the Publisher

"Phillips (digital technology and music culture, New York U.) and Cogan (media ecology, Molloy College) have written this encyclopedia on heavy metal to define the specific boundaries for this musical genre while being as broad and inclusive to as many performers as possible. Entries offer biographies, discographies and critical analysis of bands and solo

performers as well as books, films, festivals and record labels that are considered essential to the genre. General audiences will appreciate descriptions of sub-genres such as grindcore, grunge and death metal, and artifacts of the culture such as body piercings, leather and even the video game Guitar Hero are also explained."

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Reference & Research Book News

"[I]nformation provided by Cogan (The Encyclopedia of Punk) and independent music scholar Phillips is enlightening and reveals the personalities driving the rise, fall, resurrection, and subsistence of profiled bands."

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Library Journal

"We know what you are thinking, 'Oh no, another metal encyclopedia that will be inaccurate and useless'. However, this book is first of it's kind that actually works. The authors researched, they learned the metal scene and they debated on the content before deciding on including it. This work is an incredible collection of information that will be of use to the seasoned metal fan as well as the uninitiated. Written to be a college level textbook for a music class, this book is more 'grown up' than a lot of other similar works. . . . Overall, the diversity of subject matter and the bands included paint a fairly complete picture of the world of heavy metal. The authors have lived up to their introductory statement about being authentic and they have given the metal world the first truly worthwhile work of this type. The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music delves deep into the world of metal while allowing the novice to understand what they are experiencing. We can only hope that William Phillips and Brian Cogan may one day work together again and write more on the subject that is our lives, Heavy Metal."

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Metal Life Magazine

"Most notable is its inclusiveness of the artists and related topics that best embody heavy metal's broad context. The introduction alone can assist scholars with understanding the music's complexities and the elements informing its practitioners. . . . Band entries conclude with complete discographies that enumerate an artist's creative output, followed by a list of compilation releases (i.e., greatest hits)--a beneficial approach for comprehending a band's body of work. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."

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Choice

"More than 350 entries ranging from several paragraphs to several pages in length provide capsulated biographies of bands and their key members and include discographies. The authors also include entries for cultural topics such as fashion and metal and Moshing and metal subgenres like Death metal and Grunge. More than 50 black-and-white images of performers and metal fans supplement the text. There are other reference books on this topic, including The Guinness Book of Heavy Metal (1995) and The Rough Guide to Heavy Metal (2005), among others, making this volume a well-researched update on the genre."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313348013
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,197,191
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

WILLIAM PHILLIPS is an independent scholar. He has written extensively on music, technology, and culture. He is currently at New York University, writing his Ph.D. on digital technology and music culture, where he teaches courses on media, communication, and culture. He also works on a variety of musical projects as a guitarist and producer out of his Brooklyn home recording studio.

BRIAN COGAN is a professor who has written extensively on music and popular culture as well as music criticism. He received his Ph.D. in Media Ecology in 2002 from New York University. He teaches at Molloy College and has taught at New York University and the College of Staten Island. Cogan is the author of Greenwood's Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture (2006).

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Table of Contents

List of Entries

Guide to Related Topics

IntroductionPreface

Acknowledgments

Timeline

The Encyclopedia

Heavy Metal Music: An Introduction

Entries A-ZThe Encyclopedia

Selected Bibliography

Index

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Highly Disappointing as an Accurate representation of Metal's rich HISTORY

    -- Too Many Egregious Omissions of popular/influential metal bands:

    Brian Cogan's "Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture" (2006) is pretty good, especially the reprint over sized paperback edition with loads of photos. This work with William Phillips, however, is highly disappointing in the end.

    It is very far from being exhaustive (e.g. No entry AND no mention in the back index for PANTERA!!!!). How is this possible? Pantera is regarded as one of the best, most influential metal bands of the past twenty years. Their sales alone make them one of the most successful rock bands ever.

    Some of this encyclopedia's entries are great; others good; still others too brief, too long, poor, or wrong (e.g. the vocalist history of the mighty Metal Church).

    Here is a list of band OMISSIONS to assist metal fans in evaluating the worth of this 270-pages (of entries) book:

    The NO EXCUSES Omissions:

    Pantera (yes, no entry for Pantera), SAXON (nope), ENTOMBED!!!, IN FLAMES, Death Angel, OPETH!!!!!, Paradise Lost, Nuclear Assault, Samael, Suffocation, TOOL, Unleashed, Witchfinder General, Nirvana (there are entries for Grunge, Dave Grohl, & Probot), Fear Factory, Obituary, The Gathering, GRAVE, My Dying Bride, Nightwish, Nine Inch Nails!!!!, Satyricon, Virgin Black, Grave Digger, Eyehategod!!, Bruce Dickinson solo, Diamond Head, Destruction, CRADLE OF FILTH, Coroner, Atheist, ANNIHILATOR, Cro-Mags (nope)!!


    The GLARING OMISSIONS:

    Shadows Fall, ANATHEMA, MANILLA ROAD!!, THE HAUNTED, Doro, Terrorizer, SADUS, Municipal Waste, Tiamat, Vicious Rumors, Tankard, Vio-lence, Solitude Aeturnus, The Obsessed, Sanctuary, Pestilence, Primal Fear, Strapping Young Lad, System of a Down, Repulsion, Rigor Mortis, Rollins Band, Soilwork, U.D.O., Six Feet Under, Superjoint Ritual, Rotting Christ, Vader, Witchcraft, The Accused, Asphyx, Autopsy, Brujeria, Brutal Truth, HALFORD, Hypocrisy, Jesu, Killing Joke, Moonspell, Crimson Glory, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hate Eternal, EVERGREY, Fight, Gojira, HIRAX, Impaled Nazarene, Nasum, Nevermore, MOUNTAIN, Lacuna Coil, Lordi, Malevolent Creation.


    The CURIOUS OMISSIONS:
    Y&T, Cancer, Children of Bodom, 1349, Exciter, Gamma Ray, 3 Inches of Blood, Cryptopsy, Forbidden, OTEP, Warlock, EZO, Down, Amorphis, Anacrusis, Blind Guardian, Damage Plan, Gorguts, .

    But, we do get entries for:

    Beatallica, Britny Fox, Eagles of Death Metal, Extreme, Filter, Incubus, Insane Clown Posse!, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Mr. Big, Nickelback!!, Night Ranger, Powerman 5000, Vixen, and others.


    To the authors' credit, they DO have entries for:

    John Peel, Sarcofago, Wishbone Ash, Sun O))), TSOL, Discharge, Southern Lord Records, Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Pig Destroyer, Neurosis, Blue Cheer, DRI, Budgie, and other notables that are often neglected.

    Considering the growing number of great scholarly books, dissertations, articles, and conferences on metal, hardcore, and punk, this encyclopedia from 2009 fails to measure up. Borrow it from a library or buy used.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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