• Heavy Metal as response to Global Crises

    Author(s):
    David Burke (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Heavy metal (Music)--Instruction and study, Popular music, Philosophy, Postmodernism, Critical theory
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Creativity and Crisis Research Symposium
    Conf. Org.:
    Bath Spa University
    Conf. Date:
    09/02/21
    Tag(s):
    Metal Music Studies, Popular Music Studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/z4t6-t088
    Abstract:
    For over 50 years, the abrasive and confrontational genre of heavy metal has persisted as a series of global crises have emerged and deepened. I claim that the culture has a deeply existentialist tendency, which has driven a scathing criticism of postmodernity and its inaction regarding economic, ecological and social crises. The culture offers a solution to these crises by means of re-centring mortality and finitude, contra to hegemonic biases toward unlimited economic growth and ever-extended human life. By reckoning with our own limitations, metal culture advocates a cautious approach and (ironically) more harmonious social and ecological relationships. Available to watch here: https://youtu.be/lxPUmjP4x5s
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