Metal Heads: Heavy Metal Music and Adolescent Alienation

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appendix: interview questions
1. How many recordings (album, cassette, CD) do you have by heavy metal (HM) groups?
2. What percentage of your total collection is HM? What other kinds of music do you have/like/listen to?
3. What do you like about heavy metal? Why do you listen to it?
4. Give me some examples of groups you like. Why do you like these groups?
5. Give me some examples of songs you especially like. Why do you like these songs, and what are they about?
6. Do you pay more attention to the lyrics or to the music?
7. Is there a typical volume that you play it at?
8. How many concerts have you been to in the last year? Which groups?
9. What do you wear, typically, when you go to a concert? Do you dress differently for the concert than at other times?
10. Tell me about one of the concerts you went to. What was it like, what did you do before and after, etc.
11. Who do you usually go with? The same group every time? Boys and girls together, or just one or the other?
12. At a concert, have you ever moshed/slamdanced? If yes, why, and what is it like?
13. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend/someone you date regularly? If yes, how long have you been seeing each other? What's the longest you ever dated someone? Do you go to concerts with them? Do they also like this kind of music? Do you prefer boys/girls who like HM?
14. How much would you say you spend per month on things related to HM -- cassettes, CDs, albums, t-shirts, magazines, concert tickets?
15. What do your parents think of HM? Do they approve or disapprove? Do they criticize you for playing it when you're home together?
16. Are your parents divorced? If divorced: how old were you when they divorced? What was it like for you? How often do you see (noncustodial parent)?
17. More about your parents: how would you say you get along with them? What issues do you argue about?

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