Fargo Rock City
By Charlie Goodrich Wednesday, 4 Jul 2007

When people look back on metal in the 1980s, they often have little to say (and whatever they say is usually negative). It’s viewed as unintelligent, pompous, and lacking anything of substance. On the surface this could seem to be true, however, one must delve into the music to discover these assumptions are generally not true. Fargo Rock City is an interesting book because it explores the positive side of metal and offers different constructive arguments for the genre.

Chuck Klosterman grew up listening to metal and seems to have a strong grip on this style of rock. He offers discussions about why Rush is a Christian band, how Ozzy has always been depressed, the use of keyboards in metal, Satan’s involvement in metal, suicide because of metal, sex in metal, and a personal history of metal from its rise to its fall. At times I agreed with Klosterman and his ideas, but other times I found myself arguing with the content found in his book. I am passionate about my metal and my beliefs about music. So for Klosterman to evoke these emotions from myself proves he did a good job writing this book and presenting his thoughts.

Fargo Rock City is a well-written book with many humorous anecdotes. Klosterman has no problems making fun of his past or himself. It makes for a more readable experience. The only thing I didn’t care for was some of his writing style. His use of italics and quotation marks got on my nerves. Just say what you have to say. People will understand without your nifty stylistic changes. For some reason he also finds it imperative to analysis some Guns and Roses music videos. It is a pointless part of the book and made me read extra fast to get past that chapter. I mean, it’s a music video. Unless it’s “Thriller” there is nothing profound to say about it. Other than that, I enjoyed reading this book, and if you like metal, or reading about music in general, then you would probably enjoy Fargo Rock City.

2 Responses to “Fargo Rock City”

  1. Ashley Says:

    I love this guy! I read “Sex, Drugs, and Coco Puffs”- he’s got a way with social commentary 🙂

  2. Andrew Raub Says:

    I should read this simply because someone once told me I look like him.

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