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This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk Paperback – February 4, 2009
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"While there are a number of histories of punk and metal and numerous biographies of important bands within each genre, there is no comparable book to This Ain't the Summer of Love. The ultimate contribution the book makes is to provoke the reader into rethinking the ongoing fluid relationship between punk, a music that enjoyed considerable critical support, and metal, a music that has been systematically denigrated by critics. This book is the product of superior scholarship; it truly breaks fresh ground and as such it is an important book that will be regularly cited in future work."Rob Bowman, Professor of Music at York University and author of Soulsville USA: The Story of Stax Records
"Debunking simplistic assumptions that punk rebelled and heavy metal conformed, Steve Waksman demonstrates with precisely chosen examples that for decades the two shared strategies and concerns. As a result, this important volume is among the first to extend to rock history the same much-needed revisionism that elsewhere has transformed our understanding of minstrelsy, blues, country music, and pop."Eric Weisbard, author of Use Your Illusion I & II
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After introducing the topic of "The Metal/Punk Continuum" in the introduction, Waksman makes a brilliant case for the importance of arena rock for the formation of the rock audience in the Seventies, including the metal audience, in "Staging the Seventies." I was there -- I began attending rock concerts at arenas including the Chicago Stadium in 1973. He argues that Grand Funk Railroad was a band of pivotal importance at the beginning of the Seventies and the creation of what became metal and its audience. I hadn't thought about Grand Funk for years, and I was never a fan, but with his careful documentation he makes a persuasive case. The punk part of the chapter focuses on critics and their promotion of punk as an ideal of a genuine mass culture.
I found the next two chapters, "Death Trip" and "The Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Ideal" less interesting, but Waksman is on solid ground in arguing that the twisted theatricality of Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop (pictured on the book's cover) was an important Seventies step in the direction of what would become metal and punk. His choice of the Dictators and the Runaways seems slightly arbitrary, but it is driven more by the critics' commentary on these bands than by the music. They were both seen to represent music for *the kids* at a time when the Boomers were starting to grow up and Rock was becoming bloated AOR and less raw and adolescent.
"Metal, Punk, and Motorhead: The Genesis of Crossover" and "Time Warp: The New Wave of British Heavy Metal" are just awesome and worth reading on their own. Motorhead was, of course, critical in the development of a faster style of metal than the original heavy metal of Black Sabbath. Later this exploded in thrash metal (The Big Four of Thrash: Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica, and Megadeth). Waksman's brilliant analysis is too complex to easily summarize, but suffice it to say that Motorhead signaled that metal was not dead in the wake of the Punk Explosion of 1977.
The chapter on the NWOBHM delves into the revival of metal at the local level, with the explosion of bands and their fans, newsletters, and clubs. Waksman argues that metal experienced a grassroots revival, and provides incredible documentation. My interest in metal is recent, and I was totally unaware of the NWOBHM until a few years ago. This goes way beyond describing the rivalry between Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, and fills in a key chapter in metal history as well as making clear the way in which NWOBHM was both inspired by and a reaction against punk.
"Metal/Punk Reformation" profiles three independent record labels: SST (punk), Metal Blade, and Sub Pop (grunge). Waksman provides fascinating details on the metal/punk interactions from the business side, including how grunge was influenced by both punk and metal.
In "Louder, Faster, Slow It Down! Metal, Punk and Musical Aesthetics," the focus turns to the music, and with examples such as Black Flag and the Melvins, Waksman demonstrates the flipside to Motorhead and the NWOBHM speeding up metal as these bands slowed down punk, leading to grunge in the process.
In the conclusion, Waksman documents the conflict that erupted when Lollapalooza 1996 brought together as headliners Metallica (metal), the Ramones and Rancid (punk), and Soundgarden and the Screaming Trees (grunge). Founder Perry Farrell resigned as creative coordinator, objecting to the introduction of metal to the alternative festival. The point is that despite all the points of interaction and mutual influence, there was still a high level of antagonism and conflict between the two genres in the mid-Nineties.
That is where the book ends. There is more that could be said, certainly, as the two genres continue to interact, including in the development of "metalcore," a subgenre of metal incorporating hardcore punk.
My interest at this point is from the metal side, which is a recent development. I have always enjoyed a variety of music, and have never been a fanatical punk or metal fan, but my roots are much deeper with punk than with metal. Now, though, I am discovering phenomenal metal bands such as Neurosis, Mastodon, Isis, Agalloch, and Wolves In the Throne Room. It seems to me that metal is thriving and keeping rock alive while punk has become much more marginal.
But whether your interest is metal, punk, or both, this book provides fascinating insights not found anywhere else!
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