Tales from the pit: moshing in the metal scene

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joseph M. Barker (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Sarah Daynes

Abstract: What would become known as Moshing began in the early 1980s in the punk scene. It’s a violent and aggressive form of dancing that can involve flailing, pushing, kicking, and hitting other dancers. Moshing has made headlines in the news when fans have died in these aggressive concerts. However, this aggressive dance also harbors social bonding, a code of ethics, and comradery that give life to concerts. As moshing spreads to more genres such as rap and electronic dance music, it becomes increasingly important to understand its role and function in live performance. This paper uses neo-tribal theory to analyze site observations and in-depth interviews with moshers to understand how moshers turn the space in a venue into a place for creating meaning and belonging.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Metal, Moshing, Mosh Pit, Neo-Tribal
Moshing $x Social aspects
Dance and violence $x Social aspects
Heavy metal (Music) $x Social aspects
Hardcore (Music) $x Social aspects

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