03 - Todays Topics: Rock/Heavy Metal Music and Gender Music...

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Today’s Topics: Rock/Heavy Metal Music and Gender Music Video and Christian Symbolism Cross-Dressed Performances Subculture - Visual Kei (Visual-Style) American/European Rock - Japanese Rock Music and Gender Gender o socially and culturally “constructed” identities, not a “fixed” identity Gendered Pop Musical Genres o example : blues (male) gospel (female) rock/heavy metal (male) Gender and Rock Music Studies o performers and audiences relationship(age, class, race, place) example : why is there more of one gender than the other o how gender and sexuality are “performed” in text, sound and visual image Japanese focuses on the visual images of the performers Heavy Metal MV how are male/female gender and sexualities “represented and performed” in heavy metal MVs? o Black Sabbath - Paramoid (1970) no story/plots no other individuals besides the band members dark theme
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angry emotions o Bon Jovi - Livin’ on a Prayer (1986) sweet lyrics between two lovers romantic themes positive relationships “female friendly” lyrics smiley performers femininity expression with long hair and skinny jeans focus on their singing and performance footage of live performance in front of fans fans in the age of teenage boys (some females) performers: handsome and to a certain degree pretty o Whitesnake - Still of the Night (1987) sexual lyrics not “female friendly” theme plot with actress performance on stage with effects and exaggerated dance moves aggressive attitude to heavy metal minimum body movement Heavy Metal and Gender Heavy Metal o power and control vocal extremes, guitar power chords, distortion, sheet volume of bass and drum headbanging/metalheads, swaggering/leaping moves, spandex, scarves, leather, other visually noisy clothing (heavy makeup - example: KISS), and microphone stands
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o emphasizes hyper-masculinity (violence) or androgyny from the MVs and lyrics (at time in live performances) o themes: mythology violence madness horror o shock value example : anti-Christian, death, and suicide Heavy Metal and Audience
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course MUS 15 taught by Professor Palter during the Winter '07 term at UCSD.

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