A Headbanger 's Roots

1580 WordsOct 12, 20167 Pages
Canchola 1 ReynaLinda Canchola McConkey English 101 28 September 2016 A Headbanger’s Roots To those who have not been exposed to other genres besides mainstream music, I am hoping to give you some insight on a headbanger’s roots. With new metal bands popping up in local cities, it’s important to understand the history behind the genre. Like every other genre, heavy metal can be traced back to it’s roots, to the moment where everything changed and turned into something that will continue to affect people for years to come. It caused an uproar first in England, and then spread like wildfire to all four corners of the world. Heavy metal was a musical revolution that brought together diverse groups of people while influencing new genres, ideas, and lifestyles worldwide Heavy metal was created in the late 1960’s. One of the most influential bands in this genre was, and continues to be, Black Sabbath. This band paved the way for hundreds of subgenres after their time. Black Sabbath originated in Birmingham, England where Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Lommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward formed a band originally named The Polka Tulk Blues Band. Around this time, their town was going through an economic depression where unemployment was rising and working-class factories were being shut down. Because of their angst, they filled their songs with horror-inspired lyrics, political corruption, the dangers of drug

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