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Running with the Devil
Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music
Robert Walser; Harris M. Berger, fwd.


2014 • 256 pp. 16 illus., 13 musical examples 6 x 9"
Music / Cultural Studies / Popular Culture

$22.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7514-2
$16.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7515-9

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“Walser belongs to a small but influential group of academics trying to reconcile ‘high theory’ with a streetwise sense of culture . . . an excellent book.”—Rolling Stone

A comprehensive musical, social, and cultural analysis of heavy metal music, with a new foreword and afterword

Dismissed by critics and academics, condemned by parents and politicians, and fervently embraced by legions of fans, heavy metal music continues to attract and embody cultural conflicts that are central to society. In Running with the Devil, Robert 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. This edition includes a new foreword by Harris M. Berger contextualizing the work and a new afterword by the author.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Making surprising connections to classical forms and debunking stereotypes of metal's musical crudity, Walser delves enthusiastically into guitar conventions and rituals."—Washington Post

"Walser is truly gifted at doing what few critics before him have done: analyzing the music . . . In virtuoso readings of metal music that forge persuasive links between metal and particular classical music traditions, Walser reveals the ways that musical structures themselves are social texts." —The Nation

"Running with the Devil takes musicology where it has never gone before; I once saw the chapter on metal guitarists and the classical tradition performed live in a lecture hall, but even on paper it smokes."—SF Weekly

ROBERT WALSER is a professor and director of the Center of Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He has published extensively on popular music, including Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History. Walser has received NEH and ACLS fellowships and has twice won the Irving Lowens Award. HARRIS M. BERGER is professor of music and performance studies at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Stance and coeditor of Metal Rules the Globe.

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 09:34:09 -0500