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Decolonial Metal Music in Latin America

The long-lasting effects of colonialism—racism, political persecution, ethnic extermination, and extreme capitalism—are still felt throughout Latin America. This volume explores how heavy metal music in the region has been used to challenge coloniality and its present-day manifestations. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research in Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina, Nelson Varas-Díaz documents how metal musicians and listeners engage in “extreme decolonial dialogues” as a strategy to challenge past and present forms of oppression. 

Most existing work on metal music in Latin America has relied on theoretical frameworks developed in the global North. By contrast, this volume explores the region through its own history and experiences, providing a roadmap for this emerging mode of musical analysis by demonstrating how decolonial metal scholarship can be achieved. 

254 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Culture Studies

Music: General Music


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Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter 1

Metal Music’s Decolonial Role in Latin America

 

Chapter 2

Colonialism is Still Here / Metal is Still Here – Puerto Rico

 

Chapter 3

The Experience and Sound of Ethnic Extermination – Peru

 

Chapter 4

Dictatorship/Resistance/Inspiration – Chile

 

Chapter 5

Social Movements and Hybrid Sounds – Mexico

 

Chapter 6

Decolonizing Space and Culture amidst Revolutionary Entanglements – Cuba

 

Chapter 7

Navigating Racism, Classism, and Complex Airwaves – Dominican Republic

 

Chapter 8

Restoring Memory and Surviving Violence – Colombia

 

Chapter 9

Education for the Very Few – Guatemala

 

Chapter 10

An Elusive Word? Aguante as a Decolonial Reflection – Argentina

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