Traces of the Spirit Paperback

The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music

by Robin Sylvan

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Traces of the Spirit

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This text examines the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, charting the influence and religious aspects of popular music in contemporary mainstream culture and analysing the religious significance of the audience's experiences, rituals and worldviews. Sylvan contends that popular music subcultures serve the function of religious communities and represent a new and significant religious phenomenon. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observations, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads and hip hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a 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 it integration into American popular music in such genres as the blues, rock and roll and contemporary musical youth subcultures.

Traces of the Spirit by Robin Sylvan was published by New York University Press in July 2002. The ISBN for Traces of the Spirit is 9780814798096.

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Details for Traces of the Spirit

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherNew York University Press (July 2002)
Number of Pages291
Thickness17 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1903246
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