Metal Never Hurt No One
Remember that we previously told you about the effects of extreme music on people (i.e., head banging)? The general conclusion there was that head bangers were not affected negatively by heavy metal music and related genres. Well, there’s now reinforcements on the way. In a new study, entitled Three Decades Later: The Life Experiences and Mid-Life Functioning of 1980s Heavy Metal Groupies, Musicians, and Fans, researchers found that head bangers and metal mongers “were significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently” than fans of other genres.
Also, get a hold of this. The study also found that significant social support was often at play that benefited many of the metal militia. The report found:
“Social support is a crucial protective factor for troubled youth. Fans and musicians alike felt a kinship in the metal community, and a way to experience heightened emotions with like-minded people.”
Ironically, the study found that fans of other genres were actually more likely to seek counseling for emotional problems. At least in my case, maybe all that head banging knocked some sense in to me.
You can read the Three Decades Later report here.
Well, the plight of former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is over. A New Zealand judge has sentenced Rudd to eight months of home detention after the musician plead guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Not bad considering that Rudd, now 61, had faced up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge. Apparently, Rudd’s lack of a criminal history helped as did the court’s finding that the risk of Rudd committing another offense was low. Originally, prosecutors had also charged Rudd with murder-for-hire, but later dropped that allegation citing lack of evidence. Interestingly, Rudd did not comment as he left the courthouse except to tell reporters to “get a &%@# job” while swatting away a microphone as he got into a waiting car. Job? Phil sounds like you might need one of those too mate.
Swift-ly Making History
Well, she’s at it again. Swifties unite! Swift’s uber-selling 1989 continues its march through the charts. 1989 has now surpassed five million in U.S. sales, according to Nielsen Music, making it the fastest seller to reach that plateau in more than 10 years. 1989 crossed the 5 million threshold in the week ending July 5, which is only 36 weeks following the album’s release. The last album to elevate at that pace was Usher’s Confessions which did it in 2004. Taylor has proved to be consistent with her third album (1989) since her second album (Fearless) and her self-titled debut album sold 6.95 million and 5.52 million, respectively, to-date. Taylor, you are a music dynamo.
KEN “K BO” BIEDZYNSKI