Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular by Robin Sylvan

By Robin Sylvan

"Sylvan's thesis furnishes way more of an identical valued stories than is mostly discovered: ritual job, communal rite, a philosophy and worldview, a code for residing one's lifestyles, a cultural identification, a social constitution, a feeling of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous."
—Journal of Religion

Most reports of the spiritual value of well known song concentrate on track lyrics, supplying little perception into the non secular features of the tune itself. Traces of the Spirit examines the spiritual dimensions of renowned tune subcultures, charting the impression and spiritual elements of renowned song in mainstream tradition at the present time and studying the non secular importance of the audience's studies, rituals, and worldviews. Sylvan contends that renowned song subcultures serve the functionality of spiritual groups and signify a brand new and important spiritual phenomenon.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork utilizing interviews and player remark, Sylvan examines such subcultures because the Deadheads, raves and their contributors, metalheads, and Hip Hop tradition. in keeping with those case experiences, he deals a accomplished theoretical framework within which to check song and pop culture. moreover, he strains the background of West African ownership faith from Africa to the diaspora to its integration into American well known song in such genres because the blues, rock and roll, and modern musical early life subcultures.

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