Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music

Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music

by Robin Sylvan
     
 

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observation, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads, and Hip Hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a comprehensive theoretical framework in which to study music and popular culture.See more details below

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Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observation, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads, and Hip Hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a comprehensive theoretical framework in which to study music and popular culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798089
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Traces of the Spirit: The Hidden Religious Dimensions of Popular Music1
ITheoretical, Structural, and Historical Background15
1The Connection between Music and Religion19
2West African Possession Religion and American Popular Music45
IIPopular Music Subcultures as Religion: A Comparative Analysis Based on Ethnographic Research77
3Eyes of the World: The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads83
4The Dance Music Continuum: House, Rave, and Electronic Dance Music117
5Stairway to Heaven, Highway to Hell: Heavy Metal and Metalheads152
6The Message: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture182
Conclusion: There's More to the Picture than Meets the Eye214
Appendix223
Notes231
Bibliography271
Index281
About the Author291

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