Heavy Metal Music: History and Misconceptions

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Heavy Metal Music: History and Misconceptions Heavy metal music has been a source of social controversy since its early beginnings. It started out as a new age form of rock. Heavy metal brought a new look and sound to rock. The early heavy metal musicians decided to tune their guitars down, increase the tempo, play guitars and drums faster, and get a more grungy sound. The musicians also decided to wear tight, ripped, black clothing, chains, spikes, and combat boots. Most people did as anyone would expect them to do when faced with something fairly new, they found it strange and looked down on it. Much of society did not actually delve into heavy metal to find out what it is truly all about, and made assumptions that were untrue. Heavy metal music had an interesting beginning and has been the victim of many misconceptions. Heavy metal found its origins in the United States and England in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first band deemed a "heavy metal band" was the California group Blue Cheer. They brought a new sound and stage persona to the music scene. They also performed outrageous stage acts. They were seen as the model for later heavy metal bands. They wore black, leather jackets, along with crazy guitar solos. (Reesman, Bryan) The name "heavy metal" comes from a song by Steppenwolf. In their song "Born to Be Wild," where they say the term "heavy metal thunder." Since then people coined the music style of these bands as "heavy metal." Bands of that day that fell under that category were bands such as Metallica, Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Blue Cheer, etc. All of those bands had the same stage personas and musical styles. Metallica especially showcased what heavy metal music was. They used extremely fast tempos, and rapid dru... ... middle of paper ... ...ain and struggles that heavy metal faced, many thought the genre would be snuffed out in no time. Heavy metal is still fighting, and hanging in strong. The misconceptions about the genre should be brought to light to prove that they are illegitimate. This way heavy metal artists will have an equal chance in the musical industry and people who enjoy heavy metal will not be afraid to show their love for the genre. Works Cited Reesman, Bryan. Billboard. 12/7/2002, Vol. 114 Issue 49, p37. 3p. 5 Black and White Photographs. Horn, John. Newsweek. 12/4/2000, Vol. 136 Issue 23, p46. 1p. 2 Color Photographs. Friedman, Dorian. U.S. News & World Report. 10/26/98, Vol. 125 Issue 16, p60. 1/3p. 1 Color Photograph. Monkeyshines on Music & Great Musicians, 2001, p134 Parker, James. Atlantic Monthly (10727825). May2011, Vol. 307 Issue 4, p38-41. 3p. 1 Black and White Photograph.

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