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Pop Music

David Brown

in God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199231829
eISBN:
9780191716218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231829.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter explores the aesthetics of pop music in general and then focuses on how specific artists might facilitate religious experience. It examines not just ‘light’ popular music, but also the ... More


The Springsteen Affect: Religion in American Studies

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640492
eISBN:
9780748652129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyses the place of religion in American studies, focusing on the music of Bruce Springsteen. It suggests that the heterogeneous nature of Springsteen's cultural influences might be ... More


Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen

Robert P. Mcparland

in The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031564
eISBN:
9781617031571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Bruce Springsteen’s music shows many characteristics of poetry or of storytelling. A musician who embodies the legacy of rock, soul, and folk, Springsteen faces the music and confronts us with the ... More


The Wrath of the Buzzard: WMMS and Rock

Eric Weisbard

in Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

WMMS, aka “The Buzzard,” dominated Cleveland radio in the 1970s and 1980s by pitching “balls-out rock ‘n’ roll” to a city struggling with deindustrialization. Rock on radio was transformed from ... More


Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion

Paul Giles

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640492
eISBN:
9780748652129
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This title brings together fourteen essays written by Paul Giles between 1994 and 2009 on the subjects of American studies, literature and religion. In an introduction written especially for the ... More


When Bruce Met Jenny

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262478
eISBN:
9780520948792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

As the reissue of Journey to Nowhere neared, Michael S. Williamson, one of the authors of this book, talked with Bruce Springsteen by phone and asked if the Ghost of Tom Joad tour would include ... More


Contemporary American Culture

Martin Halliwell

in American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748626014
eISBN:
9780748670673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.003.0014
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Martin Halliwell begins this chapter by discussing pluralistic cultural currents at the turn of the twenty-first century which he links to President Clinton’s final State of the Union address of ... More


“Born to Run”: Male Mysticism on the Road

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225507
eISBN:
9780823235506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225507.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter explores Bruce Springsteen's “Born to Run.” This song puts the experimental at war with the cultural closures that threaten the listeners with the ordinariness of their ordinary lives. ... More


Serious: The Cultural Work of Classical Music and the Trap of Musical Sound

John J. Sheinbaum

in Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226593241
eISBN:
9780226593418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226593418.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

Notable writings by Theodor W. Adorno (“On Popular Music”), Allan Bloom (The Closing of the American Mind), and Lawrence Kramer (Why Classical Music Still Matters) seek to valorize classical music ... More


Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide

John J. Sheinbaum

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226593241
eISBN:
9780226593418
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226593418.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

Over the past two centuries Western culture has valorized a particular kind of “good” music—highly serious, magnificently unified, wondrously deep, stylistically authentic, heroically created, and ... More


Necropolis: After the Apocalypse

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262478
eISBN:
9780520948792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0015
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

On a chilly March afternoon in 2009, Michael S. Williamson and Dale Maharidge drove into Youngstown and felt the desolation of this lost city. There were miles of burned-out and abandoned homes amid ... More


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