Young people at heavy metal concerts often report being dazed and confused, possible symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury. Little formal injury research has been conducted on the world wide phenomenon of head banging, even though case reports indicate the inherent risks in this activity, especially in head and neck injury. Head banging is a violent activity associated with hard rock and various subgenres of heavy metal. Over the past five years hard rock and heavy metal have contributed to about 30% of all record sales in the United States1 and, as of 2002, rock albums have outsold pop albums.2 The second highest selling album of all time is AC/DC’s Back in Black, which has sold about 42 million copies worldwide.3 Two slightly more recent albums, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, have each sold about 28 million copies.4 5 Though exposure to head banging is enormous, opportunities are present to control this risk–for example, encouraging bands such as AC/DC to play songs like “Moon River” as a substitute for “Highway to Hell”; public awareness campaigns with influential and youth focused musicians, such as Sir Cliff Richard; labelling of music packaging with anti-head banging warnings, like the strategies used with cigarettes; training; and personal protective equipment.
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Wall Street Journal: Even Heavy-Metal Fans Complain That Today’s Music Is Too Loud!!!
Yes, this rocks: Tragedy (watch your speaker volume clicking that link!).
Cookie! Cookie! Cookie!
Google Video: Randy Rhodes in Quiet Riot – except for Randy’s awesome guitar solo… my band smokes this version of Quiet Riot (they got far better by the time they got signed)… but Randy… unbelievable even then. He even plays a version of “Dee” in here! It made me cry when he slowed down and started to play those delicate passages. May he rest in peace.
Google Video: A killer Paul Gilbert guitar solo
Google Video: Canon in D Guitar: Wow, wow, wow
Google Video: Mario Guitar: Wow (not as awe inspiring as Canon in D – so just one wow)
the Onion: Metal Council Convenes To Discuss ‘Metal Hand Sign’ Abuse (hell ya!)
Please take the ‘Cool Person Test’
Wired: The Hit Factory: On MySpace and the future of music marketing
the smedley log: Give the music back (quoting lyrics to one of my favorite songs)
Matt at Philly Future: Creating Buzz: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on NPR.
ScientificAmerican: Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia. via Garret.
And not music related, but why not:
Superman V: The Whole Sordid Saga: this script has been thru hell and ba… no… it still seems in hell
Guardian: The longlisted passages for the Bad Sex in Fiction award. NSFW and funny.