• Northern Steel

    • ASIN: B077WZWVS4

  • Black Sabbath and the Rise of Heavy Metal Music (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music)

    The definition of 'heavy metal' is often a contentious issue and in this lively and accessible text Andrew Cope presents a refreshing re-evaluation of the rules that define heavy metal as a musical genre. Cope begins with an interrogation of why, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Birmingham provided the ideal location for the evolution and early development of heavy metal and hard rock. The author considers how the influence of the London and Liverpool music scenes merged with the unique cultural climate, industry and often desolated sites of post-war Birmingham to contribute significantly to the development of two unique forms of music: heavy metal and hard rock. The author explores these two forms through an extensive examination of key tracks from the first six albums of both Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, in which musical, visual and lyrical aspects of each band are carefully compared and contrasted in order to highlight the distinctive innovations of those early recordings. In conclusion, a number of case studies are presented that illustrate how the unique synthesis of elements established by Black Sabbath have been perpetuated and developed through the work of such bands as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, Machine Head, Nightwish, Arch Enemy and Cradle of Filth. As a...

    • ASIN: 1138254134

  • Heavy Metal Music in Britain (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

    Heavy metal has developed from a British fringe genre of rock music in the late 1960s to a global mass market consumer good in the early twenty-first century. Early proponents of the musical style, such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Saxon, Uriah Heep and Iron Maiden, were mostly seeking to reach a young male audience. Songs were often filled with violent, sexist and nationalistic themes but were also speaking to the growing sense of deterioration in social and professional life. At the same time, however, heavy metal was seriously indebted to the legacies of blues and classical music as well as to larger literary and cultural themes. The genre also produced mythological concept albums and rewritings of classical poems. In other words, heavy metal tried from the beginning to locate itself in a liminal space between pedestrian mass culture and a rather elitist adherence to complexity and musical craftsmanship, speaking from a subaltern position against the hegemonic discourse. This collection of essays provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary look at British heavy metal from its beginning through The New Wave of British Heavy Metal up to the increasing internationalization and widespread acceptance in the late 1980s. The individual chapter authors approach Bri...

    • ASIN: 1138249386

  • Part Of The Light

    • ASIN: B07BHWPK1F

  • Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

    Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality brings together a collection of original, interdisciplinary, critical essays exploring the negotiated place of gender and sexuality in heavy metal music and its culture. Scholars debate the current state of play concerning masculinities, femininities, queerness, identity aesthetics and monstrosities in an area of music that is sometimes mistakenly treated as exclusively sustaining a masculinist hegemony. The book combines a broad variety of perspectives on the main topic, regarding gender in connection to: the history of the genre; the range of metal subgenres; heavy metal's multidimensional scope (music, lyrics, performance, style, illustrations); men and women; sexualities and various local and global perspectives. Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality is a text that opens up the world of heavy metal to reveal that it is a very diverse and ground-breaking stage where gender play is at the centre of its theatricality and sustains its mass appeal.

    • ASIN: 1472424794

  • Led Zeppelin: The Ultimate Music Guide

    Valhalla we are coming! Uncut's latest deluxe Ultimate Music Guide is dedicated to the mighty and imperious Led Zeppelin. Inside this fully upgraded and updated edition you'll discover the entire story of Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham, told through amazing interviews from the NME and Melody Maker archives. They reveal a band with unquenchable appetites - for global domination, for boundless excess and, most strikingly, for musical excellence. An uncommonly driven band, with terrifyingly high standards and surprisingly thin skins. The Ultimate Music Guide also includes in-depth reviews of every single Led Zeppelin album, a forensic look at Jimmy Page's 2014/2015 remasters, and a load of new stuff about the solo adventures of Robert Plant. It's the complete tale of a band who took the blues to unimaginable new places, who transformed the heartsong of the disenfranchised into the conqueror’s battle hymn. Good times, bad times; you're about to get your share...

    • ASIN: B017C5DCNC