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Oversimplification of heavy metal

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/05/how-heavy-metal-is-keeping-us-sane/8443/2/
"How Heavy Metal Is Keeping Us Sane: Dark and disturbing, the music is honest about human nature"
By James Parker

I do admire the audacity of equating heavy metal with Frazer's The Golden Bough. But the rest of the article is an embarrassingly overwritten (with hipster ironic pretentions) misunderstanding of heavy metal.

Oversimplification #1:
"Black Sabbath created heavy metal."

Oversimplification #2 (perhaps not an oversimplification per se. More of a...BUH???):
"heavy metal is cosmic protest music."

Oversimplification #3:
"The metalhead, quite counter to stereotype, is floridly pretentious."

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firecat
Apr. 18th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
So that's hipster ironic pretention, is it?

Well I don't know. It just seemed like it was trying to be serious, "floridly pretentious," and ironic at the same time.
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firecat
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
THINGMAKER! I haven't thought about that for years. (And googling it, I see why you might have thought about it more recently. ;-)
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