I used this book whilst writing a dissertation on notions of authenticity in the heavy metal subculture, and without it i would have been totally lost! Weinstein puts a very convincing argument forward in defending Heavy Metal, and gives a deep insight into a musical genre that is greatly misunderstood, even by many of its fans. After reading this i found that i had a far deeper understanding of my own cultural upbringing. It describes how most musical genres go through process of formation, crystallisation and decay, and examines how metal has resisted the latter. Although some may disagree with this, it has to be agreed that although it has changed greatly in the last decade, the beast is far too powerful to lie down and die for a long time yet! This book was originally published in 1992, with a new chapter added in 1998, which although brief, it is helpful in describing the changes to the Metal subculture that ocurred throughout the 90s. You will not find a more helpful book on Heavy Metal.