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Metal fan at a bus station in downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 2010, Photo: Jörg Brüggemann


Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

By John Dugan

Heavy metal has been American popular culture’s whipping boy, kicked around by critics, targeted by politicians, and reliably used to make parents sweat. It’s also popular all over the world. In Jörg Brüggemann’s new Metalheads: The Global Brotherhood, the photographer (a former teenage metal fan, himself) documents the passionate fans, mullets, and would-be rock gods of the loud and hairy in metal hotbeds of Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Switzerland and of course Germany and the USA. It's a book about fans and fandom, not so much music makers, as the photog tells us in this interview video. To complete the headbanger cultural immersion experience, the book comes with a CD sampler from the Nuclear Blast label. Those in Berlin, can hop on over to Gestalten Space to see the Metalheads exhibition right now—which opened with a live set from black metal band Sun Worship. This is one art show where you can definitely rock your Celtic Frost shirt and not feel underdressed. 

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