What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life in Heavy Metal: By Laina Dawes 182 pgs. By Koepenick

Nov 27, 2012

This is a revealing book about fans that are not normally mentioned in heavy metal circles: the diehard black female fan. The author talks about her life experiences going to various concerts, from good to openly hostile. Other fans chime in with what they see as the problems in the scene today. Dawes sheds light on bands that may be new to a lot of people and how they deal with adversity. This is an intriguing read that will clue you in on perspectives that you may not have been aware of previously. The author urges female fans to keep rocking, but stand tall if a situation gets out of hand. A must-read, no matter what type of music you’re into on your own. –Sean Koepenick (Bazillion Points, bazillionpoints.com)