Laina Dawes's book

Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, will discuss the themes and content of her acclaimed book about her life spent as a black woman fan of heavy metal at several upcoming events in coming weeks in Austin, TX; Detroit, MI; Bowling Green, OH; and Brooklyn, NY. Details here:

Thursday 3/14, Black Women in Rock Panelist at SXSW, Austin, TX
Black women in rock discuss their journey to cultivate their fan base, tour and market their music in a genre where their presence is least expected.”

Friday 3/15, Women in Metal Panelist, SXSW, Austin, TX
“Why Is This Still An Issue in 2013?: a discussion about women’s roles in metal

Sunday 3/17, Black Women Rock event, Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit, MI
Reading and signing

Friday 4/6, Keynote speech, Heavy Metal and Popular Culture Conference, Bowling Green State University, OH

Monday 4/15, What Are You Doing Here? book release party, St. Vitus Bar
Official NYC Book launch and party, featuring musical guests Tamar-kali and MilitiA Vox. DJs and Drinks galore!

If you live far away from these places—pick up a signed copy directly from Bazillion Points HERE.


  1. So glad that Laina is finally able to tell the world her story as well as other women who experience these troubles. This is a great book and hopefully everyone will read this and be willing to have more open discussion about being a true community. YAY LAINA 🙂


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