Современные подходы к изучению популярной музыки в зарубежной науке: popular music studies
The project of cultural sociology developed by Boris Dubin and his colleagues is often remained out of frames in the discussion of theirs works. Thorough consideration of the principles of cultural analysis which is based on the works of Boris Dubin and Lev Gudkov in the field of sociology of literature can give us an opportunity to reevaluate the place of this project in the history of the humanities in last decades. Ноwever the study of the evolution of the project reveals some conceptual tensions. Further discussion of these tensions seem to be useful as for the productive reception of this project as for the comprehension of the significance of Dubin’s works of 1900s – 2000s in its proliferation.
The paper analyses Russian heavy metal music as a musical gen-re. As a key component of the genre, a fantastic theme stands out, which was presented in song lyrics, as well as in music, visual images and live performanc-es. Based on the material of several heavy metal bands of the 1980s and 1990s («Black Coffee», «Legion», «Aria», «Black Obelisk», «Master» and «Ep-idemia»), the paper discovers how the «fantastic world» was represented in Russian heavy metal music. The main images were the follows – history and military subjects, religion and mythology, fantasy, devastating disasters.