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Pop Pagans
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  • Publisher: Acumen Publishing
  • Online publication date: March 2014
  • Print publication year: 2013
  • Online ISBN: 9781844656486

Book description

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

"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.'"

Source: Anthropology Review Database

"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

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