Metalheads are Smartypants?

Sometimes you can find coverage of academic research on culture in funny places–A recent VH1 online article discuses how British researchers have found that there are tons of gifted and talented students who are into metal. They say that those kids understand “complex and political themes,” and often turn to metal music to cope with the pressures of their extraordinary intelligence. While the VH1 article doesn’t directly talk about whether the research addresses metalheads fashions, it’s a common perception that the hard rock look is a package for a blank slate or criminal. So, this research could be an important part of breaking down or at least balancing out the stereotypes.

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