Laina Dawes will be at Bull’s Head Bookshop to read and sign copies of her new book What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.
This event is sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.
Bazillion Points: $16.95
Laina Dawes is not always the only black woman at metal shows, and she’s not always the only headbanger among her black female friends. In her first book, the Canadian critic and music fan questions herself, her headbanging heroes, and dozens of black punk, metal, and hard rock fans to answer the knee-jerk question she’s heard a hundred times in the small clubs where her favorite bands play: “What are you doing here?”
“As the title suggests, Dawes has a compellingly idiosyncratic tale to tell about cultural identity and personal passion…[her] understandable difficulty is precisely what makes her struggle interesting.”—The Atlantic
Laina Dawes is a music and cultural critic and opinion writer from Toronto, Canada. She is an active public speaker and contributor to CBC Radio, current affairs columnist for Afrotoronto.com, and contributing Editor (for race, ethnicity and culture) for Blogher.org.
Bull’s Head Bookshop is located in UNC Student Stores on the campus of UNC-CH. All events at Bull’s Head are free and open to the public. Call 919-962-5060 for more details.