Heavy Metal Music

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Heavy Metal Music

Spring 2023

Taught By: Fabian Beltran

Section: A

CRN: 11816

Credits: 4

This course explores the genre of heavy metal music through aesthetic, historical, sociopolitical, and cross-cultural perspectives. From its origins in the blues, rock, and punk, from underground oddity to an American and British export with global significance, heavy metal’s combination of fast drums and electric guitars has been variously associated with the 1960s antiwar movement, apocalyptic lyrics, macabre imagery, and youth rage. Topics of study include the role of the music industry, counterculture vs. commercial appropriation, virtuosity, masculinity, censorship, “satanic panic,” and metal’s related artforms such as comic books, horror/sci-fi movies, and video game culture. Through weekly readings, seminar discussions, writing assignments, and creative projects, students will gain a critical understanding of the emergence and expansion of heavy metal as a significant cultural phenomenon within the broader history of global popular music.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:04am 8/14/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 002

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023