Pop Cult: Religion and Popular Music

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A&C Black, Dec 2, 2010 - Social Science - 215 pages
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At a time when fundamentalism is on the rise, traditional religions are in decline and postmodernity has challenged any system that claims to be all-defining, young people have left their traditional places of worship and set up their own, in clubs, at festivals and within music culture.

Pop Cults investigates the ways in which popular music and its surrounding culture have become a primary site for the location of meaning, belief and identity. It provides an introduction to the history of the interactions of vernacular music and religion, and the role of music in religious culture.

Rupert Till explores the cults of heavy metal, pop stars, club culture and virtual popular music worlds, investigating the sex, drug, local and death cults of the sacred popular, and their relationships with traditional religions.

He concludes by discussing how and why popular music cultures have taken on many of the roles of traditional religions in contemporary society.
  

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Contents

Pop Cults and New Religious Movements
1
Sex Cults of Popular Music
11
Drug Cults of Popular Music
34
Personality Cults of the Sacred Popular
46
Local Cults of Popular Music
74
Virtual Cults of Popular Music
94
Death Cults of Popular Music
108
Possession Trance Cults of Electronic Dance Music
131
9 Do You Believe in Rock and Roll? Musical Cults of the Sacred Popular
167
Bibliography
193
Websites and Online References
203
Discography
207
Films Television DVDs and Videos
211
Index
213
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Rupert Till is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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