Book Review: "Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World". Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Baulch, Emma (2014) Book Review: "Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World". Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Journal of World Popular Music, 1(2), pp. 318-323.

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It is rare to find an anthology that realizes the possibilities of the form. We tend to regard our edited collections as lesser siblings, and forget their special value. But at times, a subject seems to require an edited collection much more than it does a classic monograph. So it is with the subject showcased here, which concerns the global circulation, performance and consumption of heavy metal. This is a relatively new and emerging body of work, hitherto scattered disparately in the broader popular music studies, but quickly gaining status as a “studies” with the establishment of a global conference, a journal, and publication of this anthology, all in recent years.

Metal Rules the Globe took the editors’ a decade to compile. That they have thought deeply about how they want the collection to speak shows through in the book’s thoughtful arrangement and design, and in the way in which they draw on the contributions herein to develop for the field a research agenda that will take it forward...

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ID Code: 82833
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: popular music, heavy metal, anthology
DOI: 10.1558/jwpm.v1i2.26594
ISSN: 2052-4919
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Equinox Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2015 01:02
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2015 03:07

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