Being Lemmy Kilmister: Performativity and Metal

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Bayer G
Journal: Rock Music Studies
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 4
Journal issue: 3
Pages range: 221–33
ISSN: 1940-1159
Language: English


This essay discusses how the late Lemmy Kilmister, the driving force behind Motörhead, is framed in the film Lemmy as a rock and metal star who has fully incorporated and embodied his stage persona. This conflation of on-stage and off-stage personas brings to the fore the inherent fiction of authenticity as it is commonly attached to rock and metal music. The film, alongside other iconographic objects that present alternative Lemmies, also undermines the essentialist notion of authentic rock personalities, thereby making visible the constructed nature of such performative identities.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Bayer, Gerd Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft

How to cite

Bayer, G. (2017). Being Lemmy Kilmister: Performativity and Metal. Rock Music Studies, 4(3), 221–33.

Bayer, Gerd. "Being Lemmy Kilmister: Performativity and Metal." Rock Music Studies 4.3 (2017): 221–33.


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