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Traces of the spirit : the religious dimensions of popular music

Author: Robin Sylvan
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examining the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, Sylvan charts the influence and religious aspects of popular music in contemporary mainstream culture and analyses the religious significance of the audience's experiences & rituals.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Sylvan
ISBN: 081479808X 9780814798089 0814798098 9780814798096
OCLC Number: 48817589
Description: viii, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Traces of the spirit : the hidden religious dimensions of popular music --
Theoretical, structural, and historical background. The connection between music and religion ; West African possession religion and American popular music --
Popular music subcultures as religion : a comparative analysis based on ethnographic research. Eyes of the world : the Grateful Dead and the Deadheads ; The dance music continuum : house, rave, and electronic dance music ; Stairway to heaven, highway to hell : heavy metal and metalheads ; The message : rap music and hip-hop culture --
Conclusion : There's more to the picture than meets the eye.
Responsibility: Robin Sylvan.
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