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The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...For the first time since its emergence as a distinct subgenre of modern, Western popular music in the late 1960s and 1970s, ‘progrock’ secured its own official Top 30 chart in the UK in September 2015. Though deemed by former Yes keyboard...

“In God’s Country”: Spatial Sacredness in U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...U2 has understood the development of their songwriting as being most poignant when something sacred occurs. Similarly, fans of their music often refer to a U2 concert in spiritual terms, where an average stadium is turned into a sacred...

“Looking to Fill That God-Shaped Hole”: The Evolution of U2’s Spiritually Evocative Musical Gestures

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...This chapter analyzes a corpus of “celebratory songs,” tracks that can be interpreted as a commemoration of some aspect of U2’s spiritual faith. I identify a specific musical gesture (the “Motive”) present at salient moments in each...

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...

‘They Sold the Festival Out!’ Axionormativity as the Future of Festivals

Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age : Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...‘This festival is over!’ shouted a group of young women and men, their clenched fists up in the air. ‘They sold the festival out!’ A 30-year-old punk wearing a studded jacket was the loudest. The words chanted by a dozen or so people...

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...

Golden Years: 1980s and 1990s Hip Song Compilation Films

K.J. Donnelly

K.J.Donnelly is a Reader in Film at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film (2013), British Film Music and Film Musicals (2007), The Spectre of Sound (2005) and Pop Music in British Cinema (2001); and editor of Film Music: Critical Approaches (2001) and co-editor (with Phil Hayward) of Music in Science Fiction Television: Tuning to the Future (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Magical Musical Tour : Rock and Pop in Film Soundtracks

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...While popular music in the wake of rock’n’roll had started out on the margins of film and wider culture, by the late 1980s it had become fully assimilated into mainstream cinema.See further discussion of the situation in Britain...

Finding What They’re Looking For: Evangelical Teen Fans and Their Desire for U2 to Be a Christian Band

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...As U2 rose to international superstardom in the 1980s, a segment of their fan base was especially drawn to their Christian faith. Because members of U2 tended to be cautious in their public affirmations of faith, fans were left...

U2 and the Art of Being Human

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...A wealth of recent studies exploring the connections between U2 and Christian faith have unveiled rich insights into the relationship between U2 and religion, but they often seek to link U2’s lyrics too closely to particular Christian...