Just So Stories: How Heavy Metal Got Its Name—A Cautionary Tale

  title={Just So Stories: How Heavy Metal Got Its Name—A Cautionary Tale},
  author={D. Weinstein},
  journal={Rock Music Studies},
  pages={36 - 51}
  • D. Weinstein
  • Published 2014
  • Art
  • Rock Music Studies
  • An etymological inquiry into the origin of the term “heavy metal” to name a genre of rock music yields the surprising result that the conventional accounts of the term’s origin are mistaken. Tracking down the actual origin, through research in the rock press and correspondence with participants in the naming, reveals the term, in part and as a whole, was in the cultural air of the times. There were competing terms for the kind of music that came to be called “heavy metal,” but none of them… CONTINUE READING


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