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Islam and Popular Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...When studying opinions about any topic, no matter whether it is historical, sociological and contemporary or theological, it is always necessary to ask who is speaking, who has the authority and legitimacy to provide authoritative answers...

The “Moment of Surrender”: Medieval Mysticism in the Music of U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...U2’s music can be a powerful spiritual experience, in part because of the haunting and transcendent nature of their unique sound, in part because of lyrics that speak of aporia and longing for an intangible wholeness. In their cathedral...

“You Don’t See Me But You Will”: Jewish Thought and U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Bono’s love of the Psalms and the incorporation of scriptural references into his lyrics is well-noted by now, and though U2’s work could profitably be analyzed through the lens of literary tradition, what makes a theological inquiry...

Romanza da Salotto

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The term romanza da salotto (salon romance) refers to a form of Italian song that was popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. So called because they were typically sung in a domestic environment, especially...

Jews, Judaism and Popular Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...From time immemorial we Jews have loved music, and have understood what it really is. Even our worst enemies could not deny this. … Whenever a Cantor makes his appearance in our midst, we rush off to buy tickets to hear him, let them cost...

Rock in Macedonia

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...A consistent theme in the history of rock music in Macedonia has been the use of elements from Macedonian traditional music. The roots of this go back to the 1960s when the music created over several centuries at a crossroads...

God complex, complex gods, or God’s complex: Jay-Z, poor black youth, and making “The Struggle” divine

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...This essay is based on a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at The CUNY Graduate Center in November 2011, hosted by The Committee for the Study of Religion, as part of the Black American Popular Religion Conference. Section...

Rock in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Peter Wicke

Center for Popular Music Research, The Humboldt Univeristy, Berlin Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...During the late 1960s in the GDR (the Communist-controlled country often known in the West as ‘East Germany,’ which existed from 1949 to 1989) a distinct form of rock music emerged. The whole eastern part of Germany was within the reach...

Becoming and Being a Hip-Hop Scholar

James Braxton Peterson

James Braxton Peterson is the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hip-Hop Headphones : A Scholar’s Critical Playlist

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...I I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and I was born in 1971. I can remember sitting on the steps in my house and hearing “Rapper’s Delight” for the first time on the radio in 1979. The Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper...