Books in Brief

By Norman, Tony | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), July 2, 2017 | Go to article overview

Books in Brief


Norman, Tony, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Tarentum-based Word Association Publishers released two books in the spring that shouldn't fly under the radar in Pittsburgh.

"Heavy Metal Africa: Life, Passion, and Heavy Metal in the Forgotten Continent" by Edward Banchs ($19.95)

Frustrated by a cliched view of Africans and their music he encountered pretty much everywhere, Edward Banchs, an intrepid Ph.D. candidate in African studies, set out to explore nine countries on that vast continent in search of fellow aficionados of heavy metal, his favorite genre of music. Mr. Banchs is our head-banging spirit guide in trips that take us from Kenya and the Kalahari to Botswana and Zimbabwe. "Heavy Metal Africa" serves as both a travelogue and a chronicle of a working-class American scholar's deep dive into cross-cultural communication. …

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