Sam Dunn, a thirty-year-old anthropologist, has been fascinated by the culture of Heavy Metal since he was twelve years old. In an effort to study its origin and cultural impact, he sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metal’s obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.
“Heavy metal music has an enormous worldwide following that many people are unaware of because it has been overshadowed by images of violence and mosh pits,” said Tehya Kopp, WHV Senior Director, Special Interest Marketing. “This documentary digs into the stereotypes and misconceptions about the artists’ motivations behind the lyrics and harsh sound and explores the real side of Metal in a way that appeals to Metal and non-Metal fans alike. It’s an eye-opening documentary that is both informative and enjoyable to all audiences.”
“Metal: A Headbanger’s History” contains over 87 minutes of special features including:
16 extended interviews with Metal Rock icons!
20-minute mini-documentary on Norwegian Black Metal
Footage with Lemmy from Motörhead at the Rainbow
An awesome interactive metal history family tree, created specifically for the DVD. All on 2 discs!