Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


Numerous bands and their fans see themselves as having revolutionised rock music in the late 1960s and the early 1970s and given birth to a harder style that was to become known as heavy metal. British bands Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and The Kinks are considered pioneers within the two countries of metal’s origin; their counterparts in the US were Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly and Blue Cheer. Although it is safe to say that these bands were among those that gave the initial spark for a musical genre that has taken hold around the globe in the more than fifty years of its existence, this introduction is not meant to debate the origins of metal.

Today, metal music is a genre popular with fans worldwide, facilitated by a vast industry with specialised professions, such as journalists, artist and repertoire managers, record producers, concert promoters and stage crews.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Metal Music
EditorsJan-Peter Herbst
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781108991162
ISBN (Print)9781108993982, 9781108845861
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Music
PublisherCambridge University Press

Cite this