The Interloper – Laina Dawes



Title: The Interloper

Author: Laina Dawes

Release: November 2012

Origin: Toronto, Ontario

Description by Laina: A collection articles, essays and interviews with people who are creating, participating and working in art scenes where it is commonly thought they don’t belong based on their ethnicity, gender, age or ability (physical and otherwise) but are making inroads in industries in which they are, perhaps unwittingly breaking new ground.

Table of Contents: 
1. Welcome ( About)
2. Intruder, Pt. 1: Being a Black Audience Member at a concert in which the musical artists are black and the crowd isn’t.
3. Q&A: Tetrarch’s Diamond Rowe
4. Photo Gallery: Afropunk Festival 2012
5. Intruder Pt. 2: Black Writers who write about…..Being Black
6. Album Review: Neurosis, Honour Found in Decay

Where to Buy: Right now it’s only available for $8.44 on MagCloud (plus shipping), but will be coming to physical shops and (hopefully) distros soon. Read more info.

Here’s a sneak peek of the introduction (click the image to enlarge):


Interloper #1: Introduction

Point of awareness: POCZP member Ju

Re: rxqueennn

rxqueennn said: Ah, that’s fair enough! I know what you mean about it not being groundbreaking but I guess it’s a start 🙂 It makes us realise we’re not the only ones going through those things so it’s more of a comforting thing for me. Its cool youre into hardcore!

Well said. And it’s cool for me too! 😀 I NEVER see black women when I go to shows, though I will usually see at least one other black man. We definitely need to represent!

Re: rxqueennn

Missing e’s reblog feature isn’t working for some reason:

rxqueennn said: Really? Aw, that sucks. I seemed to relate to everything in that book. I think it’s because I listen to hardcore, one of the genres she talked about often throughout the book. Made me feel empowered to carry on loving hardcore as much as I do

Yeah, I’m primarily into the hardcore scene as well, and it seemed to me like she talked more about metal and the lack of black metal chicks than anything. I found a lot of the stuff she talked about relatable, I just didn’t find anything in the book groundbreaking. I don’t know why I expected that. I did find her story and experiences valuable though, and would like more women into alternative scenes to share their stories!

What Are You Doing Here by Laina Dawes






ISBN 978-1-935950-05-9
Softcover 6″ x 9″, 240pp
Coming September 2012

What Are You Doing Here? investigates how black women musicians and fans navigate the metal, hardcore, and punk music genres that are regularly thought of as inclusive spaces and centered on a community spirit, but fail to block out the race and gender issues that exist in the outside world.

“We can neither reflectively choose our color identity nor downplay its social significance simply by willing it to be unimportant… but our color no more binds us to send a predetermined group message to our fellow human beings than our language binds us to convey predetermined thoughts.”—Amy Gutmann

“Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.”—Lester Bangs

I’ll be the first to admit that, like any other book, What Are You Doing Here? is partly self-serving. I wanted to find other black women like me: metal, hardcore, and punk fans and musicians that were rabid about the music and culture and adamant about asserting their rightful place as black women within those scenes. I wanted to find other women who put aside the cultural baggage that dictates that we must listen to certain musical styles, and simply enjoy the music that influenced us, not just as black women, but as individuals who grew up in an era when, thanks to technology, a large variety of music is accessible and available to everyone. I found many black women and have shared their stories, but I also realize there is still a lot of work to be done.

Sweet! Looking forward to reading this.


Badass 😀

Holy shit. I’m not alone anymoreeeee~ 

.this should be required reading.