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Heavy Metal And Popular Culture International Conference To Take Place In Ohio Next Month

The inaugural Heavy Metal And Popular Culture international conference will take place at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio April 4-7,. It will be the first scholarly conference on heavy metal in the U.S. Registration is free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Metal music and culture scholars from Norway, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, France, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Brazil and all over the U.S., including Puerto Rico, will gather to share theories, network, and discuss the forthcoming peer-reviewed journal that will be published by The International Society for Metal Music Studies. Continue reading Heavy Metal And Popular Culture International Conference To Take Place In Ohio Next Month

Is Heavy Metal Bad for You? Or Is It a Lifesaver?

Laina Dawes, author of the book “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal” (Bazillion Points), was recently interviewed on the “Ontario Today” show on CBC Radio Canada. During the chat, she defended heavy metal against new research that suggests a link between the music and teens getting into trouble with the law.

The full interview is available for streaming at this location.

Featuring a foreword by Skin of SKUNK ANANSIE, “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal” is available now in softcover wherever books are sold, and in eBook form via the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iTunes Books, and Kobo platforms.

For more information, visit www.bazillionpoints.com.

Laina Dawes is a journalist, cultural critic, and photographer. She has contributed to CBC Radio, Metal Edge, The Wire, Afrotoronto.com, and Blogher.com. An active public speaker, she has appeared at SXSW and the EMP pop music conference. She lives in Toronto, and her personal blog lives at WritingIsFighting.com.