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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. In addition, he traces the history of West African possession religion from Africa to the diaspora to its integration into American popular music in such genres as the blues, rock and roll, and contemporary musical youth subcultures.
Author Biography: Robin Sylvan is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Arts at the College of Wooster in Ohio.
|Introduction: Traces of the Spirit: The Hidden Religious Dimensions of Popular Music||1|
|I||Theoretical, Structural, and Historical Background||15|
|1||The Connection between Music and Religion||19|
|2||West African Possession Religion and American Popular Music||45|
|II||Popular Music Subcultures as Religion: A Comparative Analysis Based on Ethnographic Research||77|
|3||Eyes of the World: The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads||83|
|4||The Dance Music Continuum: House, Rave, and Electronic Dance Music||117|
|5||Stairway to Heaven, Highway to Hell: Heavy Metal and Metalheads||152|
|6||The Message: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture||182|
|Conclusion: There's More to the Picture than Meets the Eye||214|
|About the Author||291|
Posted December 10, 2002
Sylvan writes an outstanding book that is extremely easy to read and informative for everone from doctorates to laymen. Actually states what many other authors on the subject only imply.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.