Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge by Keith Kahn-Harris

This is probably the most solid book on the extreme metal scene written by a sociologist. Kahn-Harris talks about all the usual stuff regarding gender, race, and violence in a way that is fresh and appealing. He’s one of a handful of sociologists of music who manage to talk about the topic without buying into all the typical oh-metal-is-evil-how-could-anybody-listen-to-it bullshit.

What makes this book really stand out from the rest is KH‘s analytical framework, focus on capital flows, and emphasis the role that institutions play in the creation and diffusion of metal music at the local and global level. If you’re even remotely interested in the sociology of music you should check out this title and read it carefully.

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