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Pop Music, Culture and Identity

Gender, Metal and the Media

Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music

Authors: Hill, Rosemary Lucy

  • Challenges the idea that heavy metal is masculine music 
  • Offers a new examination of damage done by myth that all women fans are groupies 
  • Explores the musical pleasure offered by metal to women fans 
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About this book

This book is a timely examination of the tension between being a rock music fan and being a woman. From the media representation of women rock fans as groupies to the widely held belief that hard rock and metal is masculine music, being a music fan is an experience shaped by gender. Through a lively discussion of the idealised imaginary community created in the media and interviews with women fans in the UK, Rosemary Lucy Hill grapples with the controversial topics of groupies, sexism and male dominance in metal. She challenges the claim that the genre is inherently masculine, arguing that musical pleasure is much more sophisticated than simplistic enjoyments of aggression, violence and virtuosity. Listening to women’s experiences, she maintains, enables new thinking about hard rock and metal music, and about what it is like to be a women fan in a sexist environment. 

About the authors

Rosemary Lucy Hill is Lecturer in Sociology at University of Leeds, UK. She researches gender, popular music and big data. She has published on the metal media, the moral panic around emo, subcultural theory and semiotics. She appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed on the subject of women fans, metal and subcultures. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Gender, Metal and the Media: An Introduction

    Hill, Rosemary Lucy

    Pages 1-26

  • Hard Rock and Metal as an Imaginary Community

    Hill, Rosemary Lucy

    Pages 27-45

  • The Media and the Imaginary Community

    Hill, Rosemary Lucy

    Pages 47-81

  • Women Fans and the Myth of the Groupie

    Hill, Rosemary Lucy

    Pages 83-104

  • Listening to Hard Rock and Metal Music

    Hill, Rosemary Lucy

    Pages 105-132

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55441-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55440-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender, Metal and the Media
Book Subtitle
Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music
Authors
Series Title
Pop Music, Culture and Identity
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55441-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55441-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55440-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 184
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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