Exploring the Spiritual in Popular Music : Beatified Beats /

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,, London, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (265 p.). (2021)



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(OCoLC)fst01071454, bicssc, bisacsh, Cultural studies., fast, General., Genres & Styles, Music, Popular music, Popular music, easy listening., Religion, Religion: general., Religious aspects., Social Science, Sociology of Religion.


Description based upon print version of record.Cover -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Contributors -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction Mike Dines and Georgina Gregory -- 1 Beatified Beats, Ritualized Rhymes: Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Music Antti-Ville Kärjä -- Part One Personal Spirituality -- 2 Leonard Cohen, the 'Sufi' Mystic Jiří Měsíc -- 3 Hank and Jesus: The Integral Roles of Religion and the History of Country Music in the Lives and Careers of Contemporary Country Artists Gillian Kelly -- 4 Above the Clouds: Discourses of the Spiritual and the Religious in the Lyrics of Paul Weller Paul SpicerPart Two Christianity -- 5 'Embracing the Divine Chaos': Transcending the Sacred-Secular Divide in the 1990s British Rave Church Movement Lucy Robinson and Chris Warne -- 6 Pop Goes to Church: Pentacostal Evangelism and 'Chav' Christianity Georgina Gregory -- 7 'The Time Has Come, Exodus!': Congo Natty and the Jungle (R)evolution Shara Rambarran -- 8 'Between Hipsters and God There is Sufjan Stevens': Sufjan Stevens and His Fans Katelyn Medic -- Part Three Alternative Religions -- 9 'Save My Soul From the Poisons of This World': Straight Edge Punk and Religious Re-Enchantment Francis Stewart10 'Message From Thee Temple': Magick, Occultism, Mysticism and Psychic Tv Mike Dines and Matt Grimes -- 11 I am God! The Transference of Musical Fandom as Religion to Worshipping the Self Javier Campos Calvo-Sotelo -- Index"This book highlights how the diverse nature of spiritual practices are experienced and manifest through the medium of popular music. At first glance, chapters on Krishnacore, the Rave Church phenomenon and post-punk repertoire of Psychic TV may appear to have little in common; however, this book draws attention to some of the similarities of the nuances of spiritual expression that underpin the lived experience of popular music. As an interdisciplinary volume, the extensive introduction unpacks and clarifies terminology relating to the study of religion and popular music. The cross-disciplinary approach of the book makes it accessible and appealing to scholars of religious studies, cultural studies, popular music studies and theology. Unlike existing collections dealing with popular music and religion that focus on a specific genre, this innovative book offers a range of music and case studies, with chapters written by international contributors."--