This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2012.
Heavy Metal Generations is the fourth volume in the series of papers drawn from the 2012
Music, Metal and Politics international conference, which attracted scholars from around the globe, working within a diverse range of academic disciplines, to converge in Prague, Czech Republic, for three days of panel presentations, debate and conjecture about the past, present and future of metal music studies. The flavour of diversity, synchronicity and inter-disciplinarity that characterised the event can be gauged from the selection of chapters presented in this volume. We hope this collection contributes to the rising tide of academic work that serves to broaden and deepen heavy metal music studies’ intellectual and aesthetic grounds, critical agenda and political value by undermining old certainties and suggesting new horizons in the context of current social conditions, politics and society.
Andy R. Brown, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Media Communications at Bath Spa University, UK. His teaching and research interests include popular music, music journalism, music industries, media and youth consumption, with a specific focus on heavy metal music culture. He has published research on metal in Postsubcultural Studies (2003), Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes (2007), Mapping the Magazine (2008), Heavy Fundametalisms: Music, Metal and Politics (2009), The Metal Void: First Gatherings (2010) and Heavy Metal as Controversy and Counterculture (2011). He recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal for Cultural Research on ‘Metal Studies?: Cultural Research in the Heavy Metal Scene’ (July 2011). Kevin Fellezs is an Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University, where he shares a joint appointment in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. His work is primarily concerned with the relationship between popular music and identity. His book titled Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion (Duke University Press, 2011) is a study of fusion (jazz-rock-funk) music of the 1970s framed by insights drawn from ethnic studies, jazz studies, and popular music studies. Fellezs has also published articles on African American musicians in heavy metal as well as enka (Japanese popular music genre), Asian American jazz musicians, and Hawaiian slack key guitar. He is currently conducting research on African American musicians in heavy metal.