Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal by David Konow

By David Konow

"Bang your head! steel Health'll force you mad!"
-- Quiet Riot

Like an episode of VH1's in the back of the tune on steroids, Bang Your Head is an epic background of each band and each performer that has proudly worn the Heavy steel badge. no matter if headbanging is your to blame excitement otherwise you firmly think that this much-maligned style hasn't ever acquired the glory it merits, Bang Your Head is a must-read that can pay homage to a song that's very unlikely to disregard, particularly whilst being blasted via a sixteen-inch woofer.

Charting the genesis of early steel with bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden; the increase of steel to the head of the Billboard charts and heavy MTV rotation that includes the likes of Def Leppard and Metallica; hitting its severe height with bands like weapons N' Roses; shame through the "hair metal" '80s; and a loss of life fueled by way of the explosion of the Seattle grunge scene and the "alternative" revolution, Bang Your Head is as humorous because it is informative and proves as soon as and for all that there's extra to steel than sin, intercourse, and spandex.

To write this exhaustive heritage, David Konow spent 3 years interviewing the bands, better halves, girlfriends, ex-wives, groupies, managers, list corporation professionals, and someone who used to be or is part of the steel scene, together with the various band men usually higher recognized for his or her escapades and undesirable habit than for his or her musicianship. not anything is left unsaid during this jaw-dropping, humorous, and exciting chronicle of energy ballads, outrageous clothes, mammoth hair, higher egos, and testosterone-drenched debauchery.

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18–21. See also Burnim, David Garrick, 57. For an analysis of the dominance of the actor in Restoration drama, see Holland, The Ornament of Action, 55–98, and passim. ), A Passion for Performance. Georg Forster, writing in 1790, and quoted in Kelly, German Visitors to English Theaters in the Eighteenth Century, 140; cited in West, Image of the Actor, 65. 19 20 The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel’s Operatic Stage sets off the character he bears in an opera by his action, as much as he does the words of it by his voice.

52 This damning representation of the personal character of actresses seems to leave little room for doubt that what they were on stage, before the public gaze, was who they were in daily life. As in Henry James’s assertion of monstrosity, there is an opprobrium in Brinsley’s comments that seems qualitatively different from the regular observation of a connection between actor and character that also applied to men. There is a sense here almost of women’s inability to act, in comparison to men – a sense perhaps heightened during the course of the eighteenth century by Garrick’s and others’ 51 52 Howe, The First English Actresses, 34.

In early eighteenth-century dramma per musica, as Reinhard Strohm’s observations have shown, characterisation was not undertaken in a way that is now familiar: the passions and virtues were opera’s subjects, which characters articulated or represented emblematically (as the importance of simile arias underscores). 9 As Bernard Beckerman has noted, ‘in a highly 5 6 7 8 9 For examples, see the correspondence of Rolli and Riva in Ha¨ndel-Handbuch 4, and for Swiney see Gibson, The Royal Academy of Music, 348–82.

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