How Heavy Metal Went Global

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"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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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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