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I'm doing a research paper on heavy metal. I was figuring this would be the best place to ask for some help. I was wondering what books would be good reads on the subject (Hammer of The Gods is a given I suppose), as well as any ideas, good articles, stuff like that.

The focus will be on the evolution of the genre, from it's roots in the 60's to today, the major players, it's impact on popular culture/music, how well it reflected the times, etc.

PS: It has to be 12 pages SINGLE ****ING SPACED. Not really relevant but it pissed me off so I thought I'd share.


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#2
12 pages?
where do you go?

search metal encyclopedia on google btw
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#3
well, a GREAT place to start, and should be a major help to you, is a movie made by metalhead/anthopologist Sam Dunn
the movie is called Metal: A Headbangers Journey
it's a documentry about metal, and is basically your paper in movie form, so sit back, have a few laughs, and enjoy it, then watch it and take some notes
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#4
i dont wanna hear schit anout mentioning metallica, but "Some Kind of Monster" the book is pretty informative

if you dont like metallica, eat a dicke
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well, a GREAT place to start, and should be a major help to you, is a movie made by metalhead/anthopologist Sam Dunn
the movie is called Metal: A Headbangers Journey
it's a documentry about metal, and is basically your paper in movie form, so sit back, have a few laughs, and enjoy it, then watch it and take some notes


eh completely slipped my mind
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great insight for you on how bands work that could [possibly] help your paper
if not they were very important to heavy metal in 1983 lol
#6
I was gonna incorporate Spinal Tap. It would have fell under the 'influenced other aspects of popular culture' thing.

I'll check that other movie out.
#7
Awww, I'm sick of these threads, seriously lmao. There always here. Anyways, are you doing a research on just rock or metal... and if it's covering all said topics, you won't have a problem filling out those 12 pages. Theres so much to write about, I'd start by explaining the genres, starting from the 60's, and work your way up through the decades adding genres and bands that were the most popular at the time and in that specified genre. As for getting your information, I can't help you that much. All I can say is google 19??'s black metal leads for example.
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#8
dwell in early death metal and black metal. Nobody ever talks extensively about that era. Bathory, Sodom, Mercyful Fate, Death, Possessed, Venom. Talk about them. Be VERY,VERY, brief about hair metal and don't even mention Nu-Metal
#9
why skip over nu-metal? its big in todays society [unfortunately]
and hair metal was huge [not just the hair too]
but yes a good time should be spent in the death/black metal genre
also be sure youve got speed metal and neo-classical metal [shred]
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if it was me i'd take my favourite band or genre of metal and explain how metal evolved into that band and how that particular band influences other bands.

i.e, if I were to take In Flames/Gothenburg metal i'd start with early hard rock and blues that was a big part of forming the later metal sounds (think maiden etc) probs talk a bit about the influence of zeppelin, talk ALOT about the influence of Tony Iommi and Black sabbath, quote Iommi: "I wanted to write music that would scare people, you watch films and read books that would scare you, why not listen to music that scares you?"

move on to NWOBHM, mainly talk about Maiden, then move on to thrash/speed metal where you get to talk about 'the four horsemen of the apocalypse: Slayer- War, Megadeth- Death, Anthrax- Pestilence, and Metallica- famine' (thats bollocks really but i like how the names sync up)

and now i realise i can't be arsed going on with sepultura/machine head/fear factory and all that, but eventually u get 2 gothenburg metal, then u can say how they've influenced more modern bands who have ripped the piss out of their legacy for the most part (think trivium and a7x)
#11
i did a three minute speech on metal once

some things i mentioned: Metal and it's subgenres,(describe the different genres with great detail, providing example bands and innovations)

Metal's common misconceptions (OMG HE LISTEN"S TO BODOM>>> WHAT AN EMO!!!111!)

Metal's effect on current society and other forms of music(Metal t-shirts, moshing, "Nu" Metal, Metalcore)


and yes the sam dunn documentary is SOOOO amazingly helpful
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why skip over nu-metal? its big in todays society [unfortunately]
and hair metal was huge [not just the hair too]
but yes a good time should be spent in the death/black metal genre
also be sure youve got speed metal and neo-classical metal [shred]

Perhaps because it's not metal? If he mentions it he should mention how people think it is, but they are mistaken.
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#13
check out the sabbath reunion dvd (dunno what its called but it was recorded about 10 years i think), Tony Iommi explains why he wrote music the way he did. although very small, it may also not be relevant
#14
Make sure you post the assignment when your done, so we can help fix things up for ya if you need it.
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#16
Encyclopedia Metallum (Watch out, there's more elitism than on UG)
Wikipedia
Heavy: The History of Metal (Far more informative than a Headbanger's Journey)

I did that in 9th grade and those 3 helped alot.
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Encyclopedia Metallum (Watch out, there's more elitism than on UG)


Yeah, that forum is terrible.

The Metal-Rules forum is so much better.
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why skip over nu-metal? its big in todays society [unfortunately]
and hair metal was huge [not just the hair too]
but yes a good time should be spent in the death/black metal genre
also be sure youve got speed metal and neo-classical metal [shred]

because nu metal is so pathtic of a genre its not even worth mentioning.
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http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Beast-Complete-Headbanging-History/dp/006052362X

I think this book is exactly what you're looking for, it basically covers everything you need to know about the roots of metal and heavy rock.
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