Call Me The Seeker / Edition 1

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Michael Gilmour's introductory essay gives a state-of-the-discipline overview of research in popular music. He argues that popular songs frequently draw from and "interpret" themes found in the conceptual and linguistic worlds of the major religions and reveal underlying attitudes in those who compose and consume them. He says these "texts" deserve more serious study, as "insight and profundity can be found not only in the traditional canons, religious or otherwise, but also in unexpected places." The essays in the book start an ongoing conversation in this area, bringing a variety of methodologies to bear on selected artists and topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826417138
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/24/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Gilmour is Associate Professor of New Testament at Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Radios in religious studies departments : preliminary reflections on the study of religion in popular music
Shekhinah as woman : Kabbalistic references in Dylan's Infidels 3
"I ain't got no home in this world anymore" : protest and promise in Woody Guthrie and the Jesus tradition 17
The prophet Jeremiah, Aung San Suu Kyi, and U2's All that you can't leave behind : on listening to Bono's Jeremiad 34
Suffering and sacrifice in context : apocalypticism and life beyond Les Miserables 47
Comic endings : spirit and flesh in Bono's apocalyptic imagination, 1980-1983 61
Faith, doubt, and the imagination : Nick Cave on the divine-human encounter 79
Metallica and the God that failed : an unfinished tragedy in three acts 95
The nature of his game : a textual analysis of "Sympathy for the devil" 115
God, the bad, and the ugly : the Vi(t)a Negativa of Nick Cave and P. J. Harvey 129
"Pulling back the darkness" : starbound with Jon Anderson 158
"God's smiling on you and he's frowning too" : rap and the problem of evil 175
Transcendent trancer : the scholar and the rave 189
Under the shadow of the almighty : fan reception of some religious aspects in the work and career of the Irish popular musician Sinead O'Connor 215
Planet rock : black socioreligious movements and early 1980s electro 226
Spirituality through the science of sound : the DJ as technoshaman in rave culture 239
Jesus, mama, and the constraints on salvific love in contemporary country music 267
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