Mortality and Music

Popular Music and the Awareness of Death

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Christopher Partridge
Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , March
     2017.
     240 pages.
     $39.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781350026896.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

The evidence of death and dying has been removed from the everyday lives of most Westerners. Yet we constantly live with the awareness of our vulnerability as mortals. Drawing on a range of genres, bands and artists, Mortality and Music examines the ways in which popular music has responded to our awareness of the inevitability of death and the anxiety it can evoke. Exploring bereavement, depression, suicide, violence, gore, and fans' responses to the deaths of musicians, it argues for the social and cultural significance of popular music's treatment of mortality and the apparent absurdity of existence.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Christopher Partridge, professor of religious studies, department of politics, philosophy and religion, Lancaster University.

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