How Heavy Metal Went Global

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

"The biggest surprise was the girls in Egypt wearing veils doing the headbanging," Jörg Brüggemann says of his worldwide quest to document metal culture. The photographer went to concerts and festivals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, the U.S., Brazil, and Argentina over three years to capture the lifestyle and commonalities among fans. The result was a book, Metalheads, and the short documentary below from the German art book publisher Gestalten. How does metal manage to transcend national boundaries? As Brüggemann points out, "a mosh pit is a mosh pit!" 

The documentary was produced by Ole Wagner, Francisco Saco, and Robert Porsche for Gestalten.

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