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Metal - A Headbanger's Journey
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Sam Dunn, a 30-year old anthropologist, decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year-old: the culture of heavy metal. Sam sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metals obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.]]>
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Metal - A Headbanger's Journey begins with footage from 1986 with kids gathering for a rock festival. They're partying, playing air guitar, dressed in the proper attire of black t-shirts or no shirts at all, but most of all, they just look like they are out for a good time. But, someone is out to ruin their fun...
The film switches to the September 19, 1985 Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) Senate hearings. The group published their "Filthy Fifteen" list of songs, along with their interpretation of what the lyrics are about. Artists included Venom, Mercyful Fate, Def Leppard, Prince, Sheena Easton, Vanity, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, among others.
Looking precisely like he just left the stage, singer Dee Snider, addressed the Senate suits, including future VP Al Gore. It's interesting to note that in part of Snider's speech which wasn't included in the film, he explained that he was raised a Christian and follows many of the same ideals, doesn't drink, smoke or do drugs and is a married father of a three-year-old. In other words, he was showing that beneath his mountainous blonde mane, he's actually not unlike most adults, except that he sings in a heavy metal band.
Since I seem to be the only person addressing this committee today who has been a direct target of accusations from the presumably responsible PMRC, I would like to use this occasion to speak on a more personal note and show just how unfair the whole concept of lyrical interpretation and judgement can be and how many times this can amount to little more than character assassination.
The hysteria surrounding the questionable lyrics was described as being the "moral panic of the day.Read more ›
The movie also features great footage, editing, found footage, and obviously the music featured is spectacular.
Great job, I will have the dvd the day it comes out!
Sam Dunn had his act together for this one as he made this movie so fun to watch along with being educational in regards to heavy metal. There's some good footage of early and at the time current bands, along with some music of well known songs such as Motorhead's Ace of Spades and We're Not Gonna Take It! by Twisted Sister , but it's the interviews that shine as they feature faces like Tony Iommi, Dio, Dee Snider, Lemmy, Rob Zombie, Girl School, John Kay and just so many others.
The interviews are the cream filling of this treat; I enjoyed all of the commentary and background, but Sam Dunn didn't only bother with the actual music artist. He reached out to the fans for their take on what metal means to them, and this part of the film resonated with me the most because many of them echoed my love for the music. There was a 34 year old fan whom proudly expressed his love for metal, and pretty much gave the finger to friends and detractors alike who criticizes him for it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great documentary for fans of metal music. This is a companion film for fans of Metal Evolution. Some of the material overlaps, but if you enjoy heavy music, you won't mind!Published 3 months ago by bert
Great documentary for fans of metal music. This is a companion film for fans of Metal Evolution. Some of the material overlaps, but if you enjoy heavy music, you won't mind!Published 4 months ago by C Newton
Finally, a documentary that takes metal seriously as an art form.Published 5 months ago by Russell Holbrook
Fantastic documentary! Very well done. Bonus disc is great, too. Interviews with Bruce Dickinson, Dio and many more.Published 7 months ago by J. Lizik
This a great entertaining, interesting and in-depth documentary on metal music. Done through the eyes of a anthropologist metal head's eyes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Webberdean
Awesome documentary. I show this to friends that don't understand why people (including myself) love metal.Published 11 months ago by Gary Lawson
I finally have Love at first bite! I have looked around for this movie but it was expensive and didn't have the great musical number that was deleted from a lot of the other dvd... Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Porkchop Express
This documentary is well written and put together. Sam Dunn is a great guide through the world of heavy metal. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MetalheD
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