Is HEAVY METAL bad for you? Or is it a lifesaver? Print E-mail
Friday, 15 February 2013 21:33

LAINA DAWES, author of the book 'What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal' (Bazillion Points), was interviewed on the "Ontario Today" show on CBC Radio Canada. She defends heavy metal against new research that suggests a link between the music and teens getting into trouble with the law:


The full interview is available for streaming at this location:


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.


"Thoughtful and inspiring" - Publishers Weekly


"Laina Dawes' What Are You Doing Here? is a strikingly more powerful, penetrating, and passionate look at metal than the one written by the guy [Tony Iommi] who arguably invented the genre...brave, engaging, and unique" - The Onion A/V Club


"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 important addition to every metal fan's bookshelf" -


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Laina Dawes is a journalist, cultural critic, and photographer. She has contributed to CBC Radio, Metal Edge, The Wire,, and 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