By the end of the 1960s, many regarded rock music as a spent force. Four people had died at a Rolling Stones concert, the Beatles were breaking up and drug overdoses had claimed the lives of several noted artists. At that moment, a new sound arose in England. Heavy metal — the sound of anger, outrageous attitudes, wailing guitars, walls of amplifers and dark lyrics — was born. Neal Conan traces the history of head-banging with writer Ian Christe.
*Author of Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal (HarperEntertainment April, 2003)