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“In God’s Country”: Spatial Sacredness in U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...U2 has understood the development of their songwriting as being most poignant when something sacred occurs. Similarly, fans of their music often refer to a U2 concert in spiritual terms, where an average stadium is turned into a sacred...

“Edge, Ring Those Bells”: The Guitar and Its Spiritual Soundscapes in Early U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...This chapter provides an organological study of the playing style by U2 guitarist the Edge with regards to his use of bell-like techniques in the early years of the band (1980–1984). During this period, an essential part of the signature...

“Hold On To Love”: U2’s Bespoke Exorcism of the 1960s

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...When U2 opened their seventh album Rattle and Hum (1988) by “claiming back” “Helter Skelter,” from Charles Manson they were simultaneously paying homage to popular music and insisting upon the credo which such music carries despite...

“Like Faith Needs a Doubt”: U2 and the Theist/Nontheist Dialogue

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...An increasing number of people, particularly in the West, are identifying as agnostic, atheist, or humanist; they have a nontheistic worldview. As the culture becomes more diverse, there is a need for models of engagement where friendship...

Divine Moves: Pneumatology as Passionate Participation in U2’s “Mysterious Ways”

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...“Mysterious Ways” (MW) is a significant song in any discussion of the religious impulse in the U2 catalog. Released as the second single on their critically acclaimed 1991 Achtung Baby album, the song has become a staple of U2’s live...

“You Carried the Cross of My Shame”: From Crippling Stigma to Infectious Joy in the Songs of U2

U2 and the Religious Impulse : Take Me Higher

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...The human experience of shame has been widely neglected in western theology and culture, despite clearly being a crucial theme in the Bible as well as a significant feature of many cultures around the world. There are many reasons for this,...

U2's Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of the Fall

Stephen Catanzarite

Stephen Catanzarite is the managing director of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Centre, just outside of Pittsburgh. He has created a course tracing the history and development of American popular music from Tin Pan Alley to today - which will be delivered, online, to thousands of high school students across the U.S. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...Stephen Catanzarite takes a close look at what many consider to be U2's most fully formed album through the prisms of religion, politics, spirituality, and culture, illuminating its previously unexplored depths, arguing that it's a concept...

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Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Marc Weidenbaum

Marc Weidenbaum founded Disquiet.com in 1996. A former editor of Tower Records' Pulse! magazine, he has written for Nature, Boing Boing, and The Atlantic online and lectures on the role of sound in the media landscape. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

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...Extravagantly opaque, willfully vaporous - Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, released by the estimable British label Warp Records in 1994, rejuvenated ambient music for the Internet Age that was just dawning. In the United...

My Bloody Valentine's Loveless

Mike McGonigal

Mike McGonigal has written about music and art since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance. An occasional curator, sculptor and DJ, Mike edits the arts journal YETI and resides in Portland, Oregon. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...Loveless remains an enigma, 15 years after its release - an album so influential and groundbreaking that its chief creator, Kevin Shields, has been unable or unwilling to release an official follow-up. In his book, Mike McGonigal talks...