"What Are YOU Doing Here?" New Book Delves Into Black Women in Metal and Punk
"What Are YOU Doing Here?" New Book by Laina Dawes Examines Life and Liberation of Black Women in Heavy Metal
In her nuanced, extremely perceptive book, Laina Dawes champions the liberating possibilities of metal while questioning the color-blindness of the metal world, celebrating the role of black women in creating rock music, examining the reaction of the black community to black punks and metalheads, and sorting out the gender issues that complicate sisterhood in a male-dominated sphere. Her thoughtful treatise on the power of music and identity challenges black women in the metal scene to join forces and spark a fresh revolution.
Says Dawes: "I'll be the first to admit that, like any other book, What Are You Doing Here? is partly self-serving. I wanted to find other black women like me: metal, hardcore, and punk fans and musicians that were rabid about the music and culture and adamant about asserting their rightful place as black women within those scenes. I wanted to find other women who put aside the cultural baggage that dictates that we must listen to certain musical styles, and simply enjoy the music that influenced us, not just as black women, but as individuals who grew up in an era when, thanks to technology, a large variety of music is accessible and available to everyone. I found many black women and have shared their stories, but I also realize there is still a lot of work to be done."
Laina Dawes is a music and cultural critic and opinion writer from Toronto. She is an active public speaker and contributor to CBC Radio, current affairs columnist for Afrotoronto.com, and contributing editor for Blogher.org.
What Are YOU Doing Here? will be available worldwide in paperback and ebook formats wherever books are sold, by Bazillion Points Books, "The first and last words in heavy reading."
Bazillion Points Books is the Brooklyn-based subterranean reading refuge behind TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 by Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson, Edited by Steve Miller, SWEDISH DEATH METAL by Daniel Ekeroth, DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC, by Mark Evans, METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries, by Jon Kristiansen, MELLODRAMA: The Mellotron Movie DVD, and many more.
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