Metal Music Studies
Heavy metal music is performed in Burma (also known as Myanmar) by two distinct groups of musicians: generalists, who are part of the mainstream music industry, and underground bands, who differentiate themselves from the mainstream industry in a number of ways. Importantly, the underground performers insist on presenting nothing but their own original songs. Western-educated journalists have recently published a number of articles about these underground bands, equating their original creations with resistance against the military junta that controlled Burma for the past half-century. The author argues that the metanarrative revealed in such media reports does not accord with the nuanced reality on the ground in Burma. Resistance is not the sole province of underground musicians, and underground bands have a number of different priorities.
Copyright © 2016, Heather MacLachlan
Metal music, music, Burma, Myanmar, underground punk, media resistance
MacLachlan, Heather, "(Mis)Representation of Burmese Metal Music in the Western Media" (2016). Music Faculty Publications. 22.
The document available for download is the author's accepted manuscript, provided in compliance with the publisher's policy on self-archiving. Permission documentation is on file. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Metal Music Studies, Vol. 2, Issue 3, September 2016; https://doi.org/10.1386/mms.2.3.395_1