Pop Pagans
Paganism and Popular Music
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Series: Studies in Contemporary and Historical Paganism
Editor(s): Donna Weston and Andy Bennett  
ISBN: 1844656470
ISBN-13: 9781844656479
Publication Date: 31 May 2013
Pages: 288 (234 x 156 mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £19.99
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Paganism is rapidly becoming a religious, creative, and political force internationally. It has found one of its most public expressions in popular music, where it is voiced by singers and musicians across rock, folk, techno, goth, metal, Celtic, world, and pop music. With essays ranging across the US, UK, continental Europe, Australia and Asia, Pop Pagans assesses the histories, genres, performances, and communities of pagan popular music.

Over time, paganism became associated with the counter culture, satanic and gothic culture, rave and festival culture, ecological consciousness and spirituality, and new ageism. Paganism has used music to express a powerful and even transgressive force in everyday life. Pop Pagans examines the many artists and movements which have contributed to this growing phenomenon.

"This varied collection of essays traces the intertwining of modern Paganisms with popular music through a wide variety of genres. An important contribution to our understanding of emergent Pagan cultures, and a very exciting book." – Sabina Magliocco, California State University

"Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music is a crucial contribution to the study of spirituality and music. The wide-ranging coverage and theoretical perspectives presented here provide an essential baseline for approaching this dynamic intersection of expressive forms." – Holly Everett, Memorial University, Canada

"Pop Pagans is a useful contribution, illustrating just how far 'pagan' themes have penetrated popular culture and music and, simultaneously, how 'religion' is not merely a matter of belief and 'spirituality' but also a practical embodied matter of music, dance, and community." – Anthropology Review Database

"This work successfully serves as a broad overview of the relationship between popular music and Paganism, but can serve equally well as a general introduction to the core ideas and foci unifying diverse Pagan groups… Recommended" – Choice

Donna Weston is Head of Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Australia. Andy Bennett is Professor in Cultural Sociology in the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, Australia.

Contributors List
Foreword, Graham Harvey
1. Towards a Definition of Pagan Music, Donna Weston and Andy Bennett
Part I Histories
2. Paganism and the Counter-culture, Andy Bennett
3. Paganism, Popular Music and Stonehenge, Rupert Till
4. Rememberings of a Pagan Past: Popular Music and Sacred Place, Donna Weston
Part II Genres
5. Pagan Metal, Deena Weinstein
6. The Darker Shade of Pagan: The Emergence of Goth, Jason Pitzl-Waters
7. Paganism and the British Folk Revival, Andy Letcher
Part III Performance
8. Dancing Paganism: Music, Dance and Pagan Identity, Douglas Ezzy
9. Total Solar Eclipse Festivals, Cosmic Spirituality and Planetary Culture, Graham St John
10. Techno-shamanism and the Economy of Ecstasy as a Religious Experience, Alan Nixon and Adam Possamai
Part IV Communities
11. Sacramental Song: Theological Imagination in the Religious Music of American Pagans, Christopher Chase
12. The Rise of the Celtic Cyber-diaspora: The Influence of the "New Age" on Internet Pagan Communities and the Dissemination of "Celtic" Music, Narelle McCoy
13 Esoterrorism and the Wrecking of Civilization: Genesis P-Orridge and the Rise of Industrial Paganism, Christopher Partridge
Discography and Filmography

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