What are you doing here?: A Black Womans Life in Heavy Metal

Ein weiteres Buch auf meiner Must-Read-Liste, Laina Dawes schreibt in „What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal“ über mit Frauenfeindlichkeit gepaarten Rassismus im Heavy Metal: „Laina Dawes is not always the only black woman at metal shows, and she’s not always the only headbanger among her black female friends. In her first book, the Canadian critic and music fan questions herself, her headbanging heroes, and dozens of black punk, metal, and hard rock fans to answer the knee-jerk question she’s heard a hundred times in the small clubs where her favorite bands play: ‘What are you doing here?’“

Das Buch gibt’s bereits in der Kindle-Version, als Taschenbuch erscheint es laut Amazon am Dienstag. NPR hat ein spannendes Interview mit Frau Dawes: The ‘Life And Liberation’ Of A Black Female Metal Fan (MP3), WNYC hat ein weiteres Gespräch mit der Dame (MP3). (via Swen)

Music writer Laina Dawes is a die-hard Judas Priest fan. She’s all about the band’s loud and fast guitars, the piercing vocals — and she loves to see the group perform live. Now, a fact that shouldn’t matter: Dawes is a black woman. This, she says, can make things uncomfortable on the metal scene. She says she’s been verbally harassed and told she’s not welcome.

“There’s still a lot of resistance in terms of who should be listening to what genre of music based on their gender and their ethnicity,” Dawes says, “which does not make any sense to me.”

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