Benjamin Hedge Olson is a writer, ethnographer, scholar, and teacher based in Greensboro, North Carolina. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Olson is currently an Instructor in Cultural Studies at American InterContinental University. You can contact him at [email protected]
The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot | 24 Sep 2013 // 11:00 PM
At Bumbershoot, Seattleites pat themselves on the back with enough force to crack vertebrae, reinforcing their sense of civic and regional pride, saying to one another over and over again: this is who we are, and right now we are at our most perfect.
RP Boo: Fingers, Bank Pads, and Shoe Prints | 29 Jun 2015 // 9:15 PM
If listeners can immerse themselves in the repetition, let go, and stop fighting it. The results can be transcendent.
Drudkh: A Furrow Cut Short | 8 Jun 2015 // 10:05 PM
Drudkh seem content to offer us another predicable yet satisfying slab of black metal.
Remembering GWAR's Dave Brockie: Scumdog of the Universe, Artist, Hero | 1 Apr 2014 // 4:00 AM
Dave Brockie forced GWAR fans to take absurdity very seriously. He gave hope to kids all over the world, suggesting that creativity, humor, and heavy metal might be infinitely more powerful than the stultifying, small-minded idiocy that they saw all around them.