Thursday, January 19, 2017

Metalheads, Headbangers: 50 Interesting Snapshots That Capture Heavy Metal Subculture of the 1980s

Fans of heavy metal music have created their own subculture which encompasses more than just appreciation of the style of music. Fans affirm their membership in the subculture or scene by attending metal concerts–an activity seen as central to the subculture, buying albums, in some cases growing their hair long, wearing leather jackets and t-shirts with band names and logos.

Some critics and musicians have suggested that the subculture is largely intolerant to other musical genres. The metal scene, like the rock scene in general, is associated with alcohol and drug use as well as riding motorcycles. While there are songs that celebrate drinking, drug use and partying, there are also many songs that warn about the dangers of alcohol and drug addiction.

The metal fanbase was traditionally white and male in the 1970s, but since the 1980s, more women fans have developed an interest in the style, while popularity and interest continue to grow among African Americans and Latinos.



















































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