Gods and Guitars: Seeking the Sacred in Post-1960s Popular Music  -     By: Michael J. Gilmour
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Gods and Guitars: Seeking the Sacred in Post-1960s Popular Music

Baylor University Press / 2009 / Paperback

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* A brilliant analysis of how sacred themes in rock 'n roll reflect the wide-ranging spirituality of our postmodern era. Probing canons of seminal artists from various theological perspectives, Gilmour considers how U2, Cat Stevens, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Madonna, Kanye West, and others incorportate religious turns of phrase, motifs, and texts in their works. 180 pages, softcover from Baylor University.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1602581398
ISBN-13: 9781602581395
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Though American attitudes toward religion changed dramatically during the 1960s, interest in spirituality itself never diminished. If we listen closely, Michael Gilmour contends, we can hear an extensive religious vocabulary in the popular music of the decades that followed--articulating each generation's spiritual quest, a yearning for social justice, and the emotional highs of love and sex.

Probing the lyrical canons of seminal artists including Cat Stevens, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Madonna, and Kanye West, Gilmour considers the ways--and reasons why--pop music's secular poets and prophets adopted religious phrases, motifs, and sacred texts.

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