Heavy Metal

The State of Things
12:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Struggle Of Black Women In The World Of Heavy Metal

Credit Bazillion Points

Author Laina Dawes discusses her new book, 'What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal'

When Laina Dawes was eight years-old, she sat in front of her television watching the made-for-television movie “Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park.”  Soon after, her parents gave her Kiss’ Double Platinum record, and later followed an obsession with bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.  Laina Dawes is a bona fide metal head. But her fandom is complicated, though it probably shouldn’t be, by the fact that Laina is a black woman.

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