This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk / Edition 1

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This lively and entertaining revisionist history of rock music after 1970 reconsiders the roles of two genres, heavy metal and punk. Instead of considering metal and punk as aesthetically opposed to each other, Steve Waksman breaks new ground by showing that a profound connection exists between them. Metal and punk enjoyed a charged, intimate relationship that informed both genres in terms of sound, image, and discourse. This Ain't the Summer of Love traces this connection back to the early 1970s, when metal first asserted its identity and punk arose independently as an ideal about what rock should be and could become.
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Editorial Reviews

Baltimore City Paper
“One of the more potent and persuasive pieces of recent cultural critiques. . . . Waksman, often quite brilliantly, fuses the fan and the critic into a rich voice for music criticism. . . . Considerably raises the bar for engaged exploration of music subcultures.”
Music Industry Newswire - Scott G - The G-Man
“A wonderful mixture of fact, observation, interpretation, and humor.”
The Wire
“The author is to be commended for shedding welcome light on a seldom illuminated dialogue and recognising the ongoing variegation of rock ‘n’ roll as a process contingent on the external pressures brought to bear on it.”
Journal Of Popular Music Stds
“Waksman’s superb book provides a model for other scholars to follow.”
American Studies - Glenn Pillsbury
“Waksman’s work is engaging, thought-provoking, and an important contribution particularly for metal studies.”
Journal Of The Society For American Music (Jsam) - Robert Walser
“This work is an exemplar nuance, one that does justice to the complexities of the culture it addresses.”
Popmatters - Alan Ashton-Smith
“A comprehensively and enthusiastically researched book.”
New Books Network - Greg Renoff
"Illuminating and entertaining. . . . Waksman offers an essential revisionist study that helps to redefine popular conceptions of [heavy metal and punk]."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520257177
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Waksman is Associate Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College. He is the author of
Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Metal/Punk Continuum 1

1 Staging the Seventies: Arena Rock, Punk Rock 19

2 Death Trip: Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and Rock Theatricality 70

3 The Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Ideal: The Dictators and the Runaways 104

4 Metal, Punk, and Motorhead: The Genesis of Crossover 146

5 Time Warp: The New Wave of British Heavy Metal 172

6 Metal/Punk Reformation: Three Independent Labels 210

7 Louder, Faster, Slow It Down! Metal, Punk, and Musical Aesthetics 256

Conclusion: Metal, Punk, and Mass Culture 299

Notes 309

Bibliography 349

Discography 369

Index 377

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    Fun Read

    Any fan of Punk or Metal will probably enjoy this book. Waksman is great at showing the similarities and tensions between these two genres, although he gives some overly P.C. criticisms through out.

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