Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music

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Wesleyan University Press, Apr 1, 1993 - Music - 222 pages
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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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Review: Running with the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music (Music/Culture)

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There are not many academic theory books about metal style so this is a welcome rarity. But, the book sometimes borders on hagiography. The theory portion is maybe drawn out a little too thin, perhaps ... Read full review

Review: Running with the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music (Music/Culture)

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Originally published on my blog here in October 1999. Heavy metal music is a strange phenomenon. Despite derision from rock critics and bitter emnity from the establishment, it became one of the most ... Read full review

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ROBERT WALSER is Professor and Chairman of Musicology at UCLA. He is editor of Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History (Oxford University Press, 1999) and of the journal American Music.

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