a Gwar fan, you probably think of them that way.
For the uninitiated, Gwar is a performance-art-slash-metal band whose vulgar stage show and
elaborate fictional mythology function as a kind of absurdist caricature of everything ever. Literally. There is nothing safe from their satire (or the bodily fluids that spray from the stage).
So you might be surprised to learn that the lead singer of Gwar recently gave a TEDx Talk.
has a Ph.D. in music from the University of Richmond, with a particular interest in ethnomusicology ( the cultural and social context around music).
He’s a pretty smart guy.
The talk is about the intersections of regional identity, economics, slavery, and creativity and how it all relates to Gwar. And i
As Dr. Bishop explains, a surprising amount of careful, conscious commentary went into the construction of the Gwar mythology:
Basically, Dr. Bishop (aka Blothar, formerly known as Beefcake the Mighty), presents an argument that a band like Gwar only exists because of Richmond, Virginia’s troubled history.
brand of creative output certainly reflects Richmond’s violent history, there’s one major difference: