There's actually a growing musicological literature on metal, in all its forms. I've seen an ever-growing number of journal articles being published in recent years, and there are now several small conferences dedicated to the academic study of metal. Check out the "Metal Music Librarians" Facebook page if you're interested in this topic - it does a great job of aggregating information regarding metal in academia.
MLIS, Syracuse University 2015
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Heavy metal as world music?
Well put, Tom. In my view, metal music has endless potential as a subject
of ethnomusicological study. Folk metal, which the blog post touches on,
just scratches the surface.
On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 9:51 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Interesting blog post from the WSJ yesterday:
> Here is the related article:
> I don't find it "weird" that heavy metal music, attitude and culture have
> a global appeal today. Metal is related to punk, but probably more widely
> acceptable because it is less overtly political. Both deal with rage,
> alienation, injustice, the same theme of fighting a perceived "machine"
> that goes back to Bartleby the Scrivener and back. There are many millions,
> perhaps billions, of people in this world who feel alienated, disempowered
> to varying degrees and chaffed if not enraged by it. Some music soothes the
> soul, some stokes the fires. Metal is more the latter.
> -- Tom Fine
Digital Collections & Preservation Librarian
Boston College University Libraries
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