Picture it: it's 11:15 p.m. I've been up for many, many, many hours. Do I go to sleep? No. There's no time for sleep. Quite frankly, I spent a very large part of my day getting ready to leave for Rocklahoma. I'm a packing perfectionist. Ask my husband - he loves to travel with me but my Glam goodness, he hates when it's time to pack for the trip. I pack and unpack several times until things are just "so" and I typically drive myself bonkers in the process. I digress. The point is that I was utterly and totally swamped yesterday. Instead of sleeping...I decided to pop in Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (Warner Brothers 2005).
I've written about Metal: A Headbanger's Journey before. After all, it is my favorite rockumentary. I think anthropologist Sam Dunn is a damn genius. True academic studies about Metal music - and the fans of the genre - truly fascinate me. As we all know, Metal fans stick together and tend be to diehard to the genre. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey effortlessly illustrates this point. In short, it doesn't matter how many times I've watched this film: I'm always entertained.
I would be lying if I said I didn't want to sit down and have a nice long chat with anthropologist Sam Dunn. I swear, that man truly fascinates me. I'd love to ask him why he turned from Glam to heavier bands so early in his life and what it is about those heavier bands that have held him for nearly two decades. Of course, that's a tricky question to answer. I'm not sure I could easily explain my love affair with Glam - it's a complex sum of all the parts I suppose.
I think Metal: A Headbanger's Journey is "stacked" perfectly, to borrow a television production term. Again, the story is effortless, but Dunn is genius because he truly starts at the beginning of Metal and unfolds the story to modern bands. Yes, Dunn connects the dots from Classical to Metal music - but the landscape is so much more. I suppose that's why I get sucked in every time: Metal: A Headbanger's Journey provides a tangible explanation for the need of Metal and how it affects everyone in society - even those who don't consider themselves fans.
Of course, the rockumentary addresses anger and Metal fan as the outsider. I've never considered myself a "weird kid" as Rob Zombie says in the film, but I do think I'm definitely different. I'd venture there are not many 28 year old female Glam fans that would consider Wacken Open Air the trip of a lifetime, but hey, that's me. Actually, if I may wax poetic for ten seconds, I suppose that's the reason festivals work: the diehard, living a culture to the max.
I truly wish there were more movies like Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. My friend Sam Dunn has another film due out any second called Global Metal. I cannot wait to see that film. I think it is important the world learn Metal fans are not an uneducated mass. Rather, we are a truly passionate group of regularly dismissed people.
Here's the trailer and there are many clips of the film on YouTube.