Gender, Metal and the Media pp 105-132

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Listening to Hard Rock and Metal Music

  • Rosemary Lucy Hill


This chapter challenges readings of hard rock and metal as masculine music. Hill examines women’s accounts of their experiences of musical pleasure. Through analysis of women fans’ descriptions of their favourite bands, she argues that, pace Kahn-Harris (2007), fans can be very articulate about what they like. Work of feminist writers on rock music is enlisted to argue that considering women’s listening pleasure gives new insights into the meaning of hard rock and metal music. The assumption that hard rock and metal is a masculine genre neglects important aspects of women’s fandom which diverge from the dominant myths.


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

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