What Are You Doing Here? Author Laina Dawes Crushes Metal Stereotypes at “Women in Metal” Event, 9/19 at Noctis Festival, Calgary; Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool to Perform

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Since Black Sabbath unleashed the floodgates of the hellish sounds of heavy metal in 1970 it’s been believed that heavy metal is the domain of white, heterosexual males. Is this representation accurate?

Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, answers to stereotypes during a free “Women in Metal” seminar at 7PM, Thursday, September 19, at the Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and Conference in Calgary, Canada. She will be joined by metal photographer/journalist Sarah Kitteringham and special guest Dr. Deena Weinstein (author of Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology). The event will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen of San Francisco State University.

The ambitious three-day Noctis festival will also feature performances by top-tier metal bands including Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool, Pagan Altar, Blasphemy, and Possessed.

For more information: www.noctisvalkyries.com/

Featuring a foreword by Skin of Skunk Anansie, Laina Dawes’s acclaimed debut, What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, is available now in softcover wherever books are sold, and in eBook form via the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iTunes Books, and Kobo platforms.

“As the title suggests, Dawes has a compellingly idiosyncratic tale to tell about cultural identity and personal passion…[her] understandable difficulty is precisely what makes her struggle interesting.”-The Atlantic

“Dawes has done the metal scene a great service…an important addition to every metal fan’s bookshelf”-MSN.com


Laina Dawes is a journalist, cultural critic, and photographer. She has contributed to CBC Radio, Metal Edge, The Wire, Bitch, and Blogher.com. An active public speaker, she has appeared at SXSW and the EMP Pop Music Conference. She lives in Toronto, and her personal blog lives at Writingisfighting.com.

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