Archive for the 'Music and religion' Category

The story behind a song: Haunted by “The Rhythm of the Heat” (Peter Gabriel and Carl Jung)

Posted by pharland on October 28th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Gabriel, Peter, Music and religion, Story behind a song, World music

Listen while you read: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-5KPdwUJC4 A 1982 live version of Rhythm of the Heat from YouTube By haunted, I don’t mean in the halloween sense, but in the sense of losing your self entirely to the spirits, of losing your very soul. One of the most haunting and experiential songs I know of is Peter [...]

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Bruce Springsteen and the bible

Posted by pharland on October 15th, 2007 filed in Music and religion, Springsteen, Bruce

In light of my recent discussions of Bruce Springsteen, I should mention that Michael Pitkowsky (a long time fan of the boss) has an interesting post on biblical imagery and narratives in Springsteen’s lyrics: Bruce Springsteen, Genesis, the Bible, and Religion.

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New book on U2′s Achtung Baby (33 1/3 series)

Posted by pharland on October 14th, 2007 filed in 1990s, Music and religion, Reviews of books on music, U2

I have been a U2 fan for a good number of years (since about 1983), so I was interested to hear that a book was coming out about the ground-breaking Achtung Baby (1991). I’m also a student of the history of religion, as well as religion and popular culture, so I wasn’t turned off by [...]

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From Pink Floyd’s mysteries to Led Zeppelin’s “Satanic” music

Posted by pharland on September 4th, 2007 filed in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Dylan, Bob, Johnson, Robert, Music and religion

There are a number of posts about music, religion, and culture on my academic blog that may be of interest to readers of this one: The times they are a changin’ endin’: Bob Dylan’s apocalypse Satanic conspiracies of the 1970s and 1980s (dealing with the supposed and real cases of back-masking) “Me and the Devil [...]

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