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Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge

  title={Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge},
  author={Keith Kahn-Harris},
Keith Kahn-Harris is a British independent scholar lecturing at the Open University and Goldsmith College. His newly-published essay Extreme Metal is the first scientific, book-length study of a heavy metal category which includes the subgenres death-, thrashand black metal. Based on the author‘s PhD thesis, Extreme Metal is a highly welcomed contribution, as a critical debate on extreme metal is ―sorely needed‖ (p. 6). As Kahn-Harris‘ impressive bibliography on Metal Studies shows, most of the… 

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  • K. Spracklen
  • History
    International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure
  • 2018
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