Metalheads / Edition 1

Metalheads / Edition 1

by Jeffrey Arnett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813328136

ISBN-13: 9780813328133

Pub. Date: 02/01/1996

Publisher: Westview Press


Heavy metal is a violent, head-bashing music complete, in its live performances, with its own arena of rage and celebration, the mosh pit. It is a music in the red corner of society, loud, angry, and, to a well-tuned ear, practically intolerable. And yet, the art form radiates a message about American adolescents well worth examining and comprehending: Its…  See more details below

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Heavy metal is a violent, head-bashing music complete, in its live performances, with its own arena of rage and celebration, the mosh pit. It is a music in the red corner of society, loud, angry, and, to a well-tuned ear, practically intolerable. And yet, the art form radiates a message about American adolescents well worth examining and comprehending: Its devotees, primarily adolescent boys, are alienated from their world and angry about its future. Heavy metal speaks throbbingly the message of rage, loneliness, and cynicism.In this sensitive book, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett synthesizes the stories and experiences of seventy male and thirty-eight female “metalheads” in a successful attempt to understand the often crippling results of a society and an image of the nuclear family steeped in conformity, self-denial, and obedience. The vacuum such an atmosphere creates in the individual can be temporarily obliterated by a heavy metal concert, which Arnett sees as a substitute manhood ritual. This conclusion is just one of the many striking hypotheses the author advances in this dynamic study of a music and its followers.Of the one hundred metalheads interviewed for this volume, ten have allowed themselves to be profiled in depth—the reader becomes fully acquainted with Jack, for instance, and with the multiple crosses decorating his body, his black rose tattoo, and his tumultuous family life; or with slim and well-groomed Jean dressed entirely in black, her favorite color, and wearing the temperament of withdrawal.This is a unique study filled with compassion for a disenfranchised subculture and the respect to want to understand it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813328133
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Photographs
Preface
Profile: Jack1
1A Heavy Metal Concert: The Sensory Equivalent of War7
Profile: Nick19
2Heavy Metal Music and the Socialization of Adolescents23
Profile: Mark35
3What Is This Thing Called Heavy Metal?41
Profile: Brian59
4The Allure of Heavy Metal63
Profile: Spencer73
5The Effects of Heavy Metal77
Profile: Lew91
6Sources of Alienation I: Family and Community97
Profile: Reggie111
7Sources of Alienation II: School and Religion117
Profile: Jean135
8The Girls of Metal139
Profile: Barry151
9Heavy Metal Music, Individualism, and Adolescent Alienation155
Appendix: Interview Questions169
Notes171
References183
About the Book and Author189
Index191

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