Gender, Metal and the Media

Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music

  • Rosemary Lucy Hill

Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rosemary Lucy Hill
    Pages 1-26
  3. Rosemary Lucy Hill
    Pages 27-45
  4. Rosemary Lucy Hill
    Pages 47-81
  5. Rosemary Lucy Hill
    Pages 83-104
  6. Rosemary Lucy Hill
    Pages 105-132
  7. Rosemary Lucy Hill
    Pages 133-158
  8. Rosemary Lucy Hill
    Pages 159-170
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 171-184

About this book


This book is a timely examination of the tension between being a rock music fan and being a woman. From the media representation of women rock fans as groupies to the widely held belief that hard rock and metal is masculine music, being a music fan is an experience shaped by gender. Through a lively discussion of the idealised imaginary community created in the media and interviews with women fans in the UK, Rosemary Lucy Hill grapples with the controversial topics of groupies, sexism and male dominance in metal. She challenges the claim that the genre is inherently masculine, arguing that musical pleasure is much more sophisticated than simplistic enjoyments of aggression, violence and virtuosity. Listening to women’s experiences, she maintains, enables new thinking about hard rock and metal music, and about what it is like to be a women fan in a sexist environment. 


Emo fans feminism gender groupies media metal music rock subculture women

Authors and affiliations

  • Rosemary Lucy Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

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