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Pop Cults: Religion and Popular Music

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Overview

At a time when fundamentalism is on the rise, traditional religions are in decline and postmodernity has challenged any system that claims to be all-defining, young people have left their traditional places of worship and set up their own, in clubs, at festivals and within music culture. Pop Cult investigates the ways in which popular music and its surrounding culture have become a primary site for the location of meaning, belief and identity. It provides an introduction to the history of the interactions of vernacular music and religion, and the role of music in religious culture.

Rupert Till explores the cults of heavy metal, pop stars, club culture and virtual popular music worlds, investigating the sex, drug, local and death cults of the sacred popular, and their relationships with traditional religions. He concludes by discussing how and why popular music cultures have taken on many of the roles of traditional religions in contemporary society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826432360
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 752,603
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rupert Till is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Pleased to Meet You: Pop Cults and the Sacred Popular ix

1 Lost in Music: Pop Cults and New Religious Movements 1

2 Let's Talk About Sex: Sex Cults of Popular Music 11

3 I Want to Take You Higher: Drug Cults of Popular Music 34

4 We Could Be Heroes: Personality Cults of the Sacred Popular 46

5 In My Beautiful Neighbourhood: Local Cults of Popular Music 74

6 Even Better Than the Real Thing: Virtual Cults of Popular Music 94

7 Hope I Die Before I Get Old: Death Cults of Popular Music 108

8 God Is a DJ: Possession Trance Cults of Electronic Dance Music 131

9 Do You Believe in Rock and Roll? Musical Cults of the Sacred Popular 167

Bibliography 193

Websites and Online References 203

Discography 207

Films, Television, DVDs and Videos 211

Index 213

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