|Review: Running With The Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music|
|Running With The Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music|
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Author: Robert Walser
Year published: 1993
ISBN: 0-8195-5252-6 / 0-8195-6260-2 (paperback)
Review online: July 30, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Running With The Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)
Running With The Devil is not as easy a read as Deena Weinstein's Heavy Metal, as it goes into much technical details that only musicians (especially guitarists) will understand, and tends to "blabber" a lot with sociologic terms, at times getting way too wordy for the average reader who may not have been initiated to the field.
Still, this is a very good book. It shows that the author did his homework, and tries to be as objective as possible when explaining various "metal phenomena", with intelligent, factual analysis of the music culture. Song lyrics, often decried by clueless organizations such as the PMRC, are analyzed as a whole like they should rather than by picking words here and there, effectively destroying most criticism from extreme organizations... There are a lot of technical music details, even guitar tablatures to complement the text. Some will appreciate this, but for those who, like myself, are not musicians, this gets a little overwhelming at times.
Definitely a book I recommend, although you might want to read Deena Weinstein's book first before getting into this one. The book is already seven years old but this doesn't affect the content covered, so I'm not even sure a new updated edition would be required.
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