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Paper on Metal Culture and Prejudice

Paper on Metal Culture and Prejudice

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Published by Alisa Zykova
An article I wrote in Spring 2006.
An article I wrote in Spring 2006.

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Published by: Alisa Zykova on Jul 08, 2008
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ALISA ZYKOVACM 251 Research PaperPrejudice within a Music Culture
Metal music has hundreds of thousands of fans around the globe; fans whose adoration for themusic has integrated them into a cultural context that exists outside everyday mundanity and"normal" society. By being a part of this multiplex musical culture, the individual is integratedinto a world that is frequently perceived as one of "outsiders", with a social structure soconfounding that it is not always easy to comprehend the mechanism behind it. What is particularly perplexing is the existence of prejudice and exclusion within this so-called excludedmusical scene.Subcultures integrate a group of people whose participation is linked through common beliefs or  behaviours, subsequently defining individual lifestyles, actions and events. Subcultures work with notions of collectivity and belonging to a particular group. Metal music has spawned asocial hull around itself, which is rarely permeable to the outside world. The outcome of thismetal subculture is a collective personality which is heterogeneous. Collective personality can bea difficult term to utilise in this case, because one always stumbles upon a gap of sorts.As with any social group, the metal world has its own stereotypes. The most predominantstereotype in this case is that the typical member of this subculture or scene is male, white andheterosexual. Of course, this is not just restricted to this social group, seeing as in society ingeneral, the same sexism, racism and homophobia may be present. Stereotyping fosters the
construction of "minorities", since individuals who do not belong to the category "male", "white"and "heterosexual". An online forum discussion about minorities in metal generated the followingresponses:
Why is Reggie, dub, Jah, blues + jazz mainly black folk?Metal basically stemmed from 50's rock and roll which stemmed from blues and that’s damnblack!, black enough to go way back to Africa, I cant remember what the tribes people are called but the blues even comes from the Sarah region in N. Africa were the tribes people still play abeautiful style of music that uses the blues scale, they were involved in the horrible slave trade of 17th+18th century so that how it got passed on to the deep south USA etc, I saw it on 'Ends of theearth' on discovery channel... And the term heavy metal came from a journalist describing JIMI HENDIX’s music (who wasblack btw) as a sheet of heavy metal crashing on the ground.The local scene, well its Scotland so most of us are white, simpleGo over the pond and u got Body count, HEDpe etc...as far as today's metal is concerned I’ve always said just coz its popular doesn’t mean its fuckin good, only suits in offices decide what 'good' and what’s good enough to 'win' kerrang awards. And the whole sex type too,Mostly guys!it really bugs me when a band with a female gets a gig and the first question is "Is she hot?"  Does it even fuckin matter!!! U HEAR music, you don’t bloody SEE it, that’s for those tits whoare into pop, when they decide to buy a CD depending if the people playing the music are nicelooking or not.were better than that for fucks sake
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 Fuck all the prejudicies, who wants to 'fit in ' these days? . If you like the music thats all that matters. You dont have to dress or act in a manor that apparently relates to a specific genre. And age , gender, colour is not directly linked to music as such.
(http://www.edinburghmetalscene.co.uk/showthread.php?t=12193)Before moving further into the subject matter, it is necessary to describe the music itself. 'Heavymetal' as a term is used to refer to bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, as well as ageneral musical style. This style mixes a distorted guitar sound and often dire lyrics. Dating back to the late 1960's and the early 1970's, 'heavy metal' was established as a result of the wish of certain blues-influenced musicians to create a style of their own, adding Rock 'n Roll into thecompositions. The simplest line-up for a heavy metal band features a bassist, a drummer, aguitarist and a singer, even though modern groups experiment with keyboards and other instruments such as the flute or the violin.In general, the characteristic sound which governs most heavy metal bands revolves around thecompositions created with drums and guitars. It is common to hear distorted guitars and intensevocals, at times accompanied by guitar solos. It was during the 1980's that metal began to divideinto subgenres, such as speed metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal, doom metal, gothicmetal, and power metal. Glam metal, or "hair metal", is another sub-division of heavy metal,which is a style attributed to bands such as Twisted Sister and KISS, having been born in the1970's and developing throughout the 1980's. The extreme metal scene, which takes heavy metala step further into the category of "outsiders" and "incomprehensible noise", has created certain

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