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Palgrave Macmillan

Affective Intensities in Extreme Music Scenes

Cases from Australia and Japan

ISBN 9781137406767
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Pop Music, Culture and Identity

Extreme music, such as death metal and grindcore, blasted onto the popular music scene in the 1980s. Since then, a new musical and subcultural dynamic has emerged between Australia and Japan in which extreme musicians from both places tour each other's countries. Affective Intensities aims to explore this dynamic and introduce readers to the embodied sensations, flows and experiences of being in extreme music scenes in Australia and Japan. Through an ethnography of extreme music in both countries, Rosemary Overell investigates what it means to go to gigs, play in bands and listen to extreme music. She pays particular attention to the intersections between gender, place and belonging in Australian and Japanese extreme music scenes, coining the concept of 'brutal belonging' to describe the intense, sometimes violent, sensations experienced in extreme music cultures.

Rosemary Overell completed a PhD on extreme metal music at the University of Melbourne, Australia. After teaching in Melbourne, she moved to the University of Otago, New Zealand, to take up a lecturer position in the Department of Media, Film and Communication. Currently, she is researching how nikkeijin (Japanese-Brazilians working in Japan) relate to Japanese national space through their experiences in extreme metal music.

1. A Grisly Scene? Extreme Metal Music, Belonging and Ethnography
2. Brutal Belonging in Brutal Spaces
3. Idiots and Wankers: Grindcore Sociality
4. I Hate Girls and Emotions: Brutal Sociality
5. Brutal Belonging in Other Spaces


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