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The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music


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List of Images List of Contributors Introduction: Religion and Popular Music, Marcus Moberg & Christopher Partridge Part One: The Study of Religion and Popular Music: Theoretical Perspectives, Methodologies and Issues 1. Ethnography, Popular Music and Religion, (Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia) 2. Emotion, Meaning and Popular Music, (Christopher Partridge, Lancaster University, UK) 3. Music, Religion, Protest, (Ian Peddie, Sul Ross State University, USA) 4. Censorship, religion and popular music, (Michael Drewett, Rhodes University, South Africa) 5. Feminism, Gender and Popular Music, Alison Stone (Lancaster University, UK) Part Two: Religious Perspectives 6. The Bible and Popular Music, (Michael Gilmour, Providence College, Manitoba, Canada) 7. Theology, Imagination and Popular Music, (Gavin Hopps, University of Saint Andrews, UK) 8. Christianity, Worship and Popular Music, (Thomas Wagner, University of Edinburgh, UK) 9. Contemporary Christian Music, (Shawn Young, York College of Pennsylvania, USA) 10. Islam and Popular Music, (Jonas Otterbeck & Goeran Larsson, Lund University & Gothenburg University, Sweden) 11. Jews, Judaism and Popular Music, (Jon Stratton, Curtin University, Australia) 12. Hinduism and Popular Music, (Anjali Roy, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India) 13. Buddhism and Popular Music, (Jeffrey Cupchik, University of Calgary, Canada) 14. Japanese Religion and Popular Music, (Jennifer Matsue, Union College, USA) 15. Chinese Religions and Popular Music, (Vicky Ho, Hong Kong) 16. Paganism and Popular Music, (Donna Weston, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia) 17. Popular Music and the Occult, (Kennet Granholm, University of Stockholm, Sweden) 18. Caribbean Religions and Popular Music, (David Moskowitz, University of South Dakota, US) Part Three: Genres 19. Heavy Metal, (Marcus Moberg, Abo Akademi, Finland) 20. Pop and Rock, (Clive Marsh, University of Leicester, UK) 21. Punk and Hardcore, (Ibrahim Abraham, University of Helsinki, Finland & Francis Stewart, University of Stirling, UK) 22. Reggae, (Christopher Partridge, University of Lancaster, UK) 23. Folk Music, (Vaughan Roberts, Rector at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, UK) 24. Country Music, (Leigh Edwards, Florida State University, USA) 25. Electronic Dance Music, (Graham St. John, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia) 26. Blues and Jazz, (David Cheetham, University of Birmingham, UK) 27. Psychedelic Music, (Christopher Partridge, Lancaster University, UK) 28. Rap and Hip Hop, (Joseph Winters, Duke University, USA) 29. Goth Music and Subculture, (Isabella van Elferen, Kingston University, UK) 30. Ambient Music, (Rupert Till, Huddersfield University, UK) 31. Popular Music & the Religious Screen, (Mark Evans, Macquarie University, Australia & Brent Keogh, independent academic) Bibliography Discography Filmography Index

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The first survey of the most important themes and concepts, drawing on contemporary research from religious studies, theology, critical musicology and sociology.

About the Author

Christopher Partridge is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. Recent publications include Mortality and Music: Popular Music and the Awareness of Death (Bloomsbury, 2015) The Occult World (2014, ed.,), The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, the Sacred and the Profane (2014), Dub in Babylon (2010), and Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture (2010, ed.). He is co-editor of Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music. Marcus Moberg is Senior Researcher in the Department of Comparative Religion, Abo Akademi University, Finland. He is the author of Christian Metal (Bloomsbury, 2015). His research is focused on contemporary intersections between religion, new media, popular culture, and consumer culture.


As an introduction to the field for students on college and university courses, as well as researchers and librarians and the general reader, this handbook is very useful. Librarians, in particular where cross-disciplinary and cultural studies programs operate, will find the bibliography (cumulative at the end and perceptive in its own right) most timely. * Reference Reviews *
The challenges of creating a comprehensive reader on religion and popular music are manifold. From the religious studies side arise questions about what counts as religion ... From the music studies side, scholars face vexing questions about how to define popular music ... Fortunately the editors and contributors to The Bloomsbury Reader of Religion and Popular Music have confronted these questions squarely and risen to the challenge. * Reading Religion *
All the chapters in this excellent volume are accessible to readers without being a specialist in any of these particular academic disciplines ... An excellent introduction to what is gradually being recognized as an important area of study ... The Handbook will be of interest to musicologists, who are curious about the religious aspects of popular music; religious studies scholars and students who wish to know more about the importance of music for religions; and for anyone in cultural studies. I will certainly be using this Handbook for a number of my modules. * British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin *
The book's relevance to religious studies is not limited to connections between 'religion' and 'popular music': it also reflects a wider scope of research interests and phenomena in contemporary societies. * Uskonnontutkija (Bloomsbury Translation) *
A truly groovy one stop resource for students and scholars of religion and popular music. Wide-ranging in its coverage of religious traditions, musical genres, and disciplinary approaches, this book sets the standard for the emerging field of research. -- Titus Hjelm, Reader in Sociology, University College London, UK
All scholars and students in the field of religion and popular music, as well as the educated public, have been waiting patiently and eagerly for a volume like this-a magnificent feast of information and references for the eyes and ears that include disc and film. Whether one is an enthusiast of Christian rock, Jewish Klezmer, Islamic Qawwali, Indian and Bollywood popbhajan, Tibetan chant--from jazz and blues to heavy metal to rap to country, from the Beatles to Madonna and Beyonce--here is the dream tool to access all the new and evolving trends of spirituality entering the hearts of music listeners worldwide. On top of that, the latest methods of academic research in religious studies, theology, ethnomusicology, and sociology, are applied to key genres, popular subcultures, and lesser-known artistic expressions--a winning combination! -- Guy Beck, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Loyola University, USA
Wide ranging in theme and approach, this collection will spark the interest of any scholar of religion and popular music. Its strongest essays-for example on hip-hop, country music, and "theology and imagination"-are state of the art, and its running dialogues about the role of fandom and engaged participation in scholarly analysis are illuminating. In general the breadth is impressive, and readers with special interests in music as transgressive or in subgenres of metal and electronic dance music will find the most emphasis there. -- Mark Hulsether, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee, USA

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