Beth Winegarner

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Beth Winegarner
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OccupationJournalist, writer
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley

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Beth Winegarner is a writer and journalist in San Francisco, California. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto community, and has worked as a heavy metal music critic and a reporter.[1]

Winegarner has written for The New Yorker, Wired (magazine), Mother Jones (magazine), and the San Francisco Chronicle.,[2][3] Her book The Columbine Effect explores and debunks popular misconceptions of teenagers' interests in heavy metal music, video games, role-playing games, and other culture.[4][5] The Columbine Effect focuses in particular on media reactions to teen violence.[6] Her work as a music critic is also known for framing heavy metal music's content as a way to explore negative feelings through catharsis.[7] She has a degree in sociology from University of California, Berkeley.[8]


  • The Columbine Effect: How Five Teen Pastimes Got Caught in the Crossfire and Why Teens Are Taking Them Back (2013, Lulu: ISBN 978-1304431219 Search this book on Logo.png.)
  • Sacred Sonoma (2007, Lulu: ISBN 978-1430320678 Search this book on Logo.png.)
  • Beloved (2007, Lulu: ISBN 978-1430319153 Search this book on Logo.png.)
  • Read the Music: Essays on Sound (2006, Lulu)


  1. "The Columbine Effect: Why Five Supposedly Sinister Teen Pastimes Are Actually Kind Of Healthy". xoJane: Women's Lifestyle & Community Site - xoJane. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. "Beth Winegarner". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  3. "Teens on Metal: An Interview with Beth Winegarner". Musical Warfare. 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  4. "The Columbine Effect, by Beth Winegarner | Spiral Nature Magazine". Spiral Nature Magazine. 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  5. "Full Metal Parenting #2: interview with Beth Winegarner –". 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  6. "Music and the Tucson shootings". LA Times Blogs - Pop & Hiss. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  7. "A Very Dirty Lens: How Can We Listen to Offensive Metal?". PopMatters. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  8. "About". Beth Winegarner. Retrieved 2018-02-11.

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