How Heavy Metal Went Global

"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.

Watch more videos by Gestalten on the Atlantic Video channel

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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