Anthems of Apocalypse: Popular Music and Apocalyptic Thought Christopher Partridge

ISBN: 9781907534348

Published: March 12th 2012

Hardcover

176 pages


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Anthems of Apocalypse: Popular Music and Apocalyptic Thought  by  Christopher Partridge

Anthems of Apocalypse: Popular Music and Apocalyptic Thought by Christopher Partridge
March 12th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 176 pages | ISBN: 9781907534348 | 4.14 Mb

Popular music is no stranger to apocalyptic discourse. Whether focusing on biblical or secular apocalypses, musicians often want to tell us things about the end of the world we may not have wanted to know in ways we may not have thought about before.MorePopular music is no stranger to apocalyptic discourse. Whether focusing on biblical or secular apocalypses, musicians often want to tell us things about the end of the world we may not have wanted to know in ways we may not have thought about before. This volume seeks to introduce readers to some of these messengers and their anthems of apocalypse.

Roland Boers discussion of Nick Cave indicates that references to the portents and monsters of the apocalypse have been used to refer, not to an age to come, but to the authorities and demons of the present world. Likewise, Kennet Granholms chapter on the vegan straight edge band Earth Crisis shows that biblical apocalyptic provides a lens through which to examine environmental politics. This is also true of the work of Rage against the Machines Tom Morello, who, as Michael Gilmour discusses, provides a powerful socialist critique of capitalism, American imperialism, new left-activism and identity politics.

Along with these secular uses of biblical apocalyptic are, of course, the more conspicuously Christian theological treatments: Mark Sweetnam discusses dispensationalism in Johnny Cashs music- Marcus Moberg explores eschatological themes in Christian heavy metal- and Steve Knowles looks at the uses of apocalyptic imagery in the music of Extreme. Alongside these are the perennially popular esoteric interpretations of biblical apocalyptic thought.

These are explored in Rupert Tills analysis of heavy metal and Sergio Favas discussion of apocalyptic folk.



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