U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher
U2 and the Religious Impulse examines indications in U2's music and performances that the band work at conscious and subconscious levels as artists who focus on matters of the spirit, religious traditions, and a life guided by both belief and...
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U2 and the Religious Impulse examines indications in U2's music and performances that the band work at conscious and subconscious levels as artists who focus on matters of the spirit, religious traditions, and a life guided by both belief and doubt. U2 is known for a career of stirring songs, landmark performances and for its interest in connecting with fans to reach a higher power to accomplish greater purposes. Its success as a rock band is unparalleled in the history of rock 'n' roll's greatest acts. In addition to all the thrills one would expect from entertainers at this level, U2 surprises many listeners who examine its lyrics and concert themes by having a depth of interest in matters of human existence more typically found in literature, philosophy and theology. The multi-disciplinary perspectives presented here account for the durability of U2's art and offer informed explanations as to why many fans of popular music who seek a connection with a higher power find U2 to be a kindred spirit. This study will be of interest to scholars and students of religious studies and musicology, interested in religion and popular music, as well as religion and popular culture more broadly.
Christopher Partridge is Professor of Contemporary Religion at the University of Chester, England. Helen Reid is Director of Faith to Faith, a Christian consultancy. C
- List Of Figures
- Introduction: U2's Sacrament Of Sound (scott Calhoun, Cedarville University, Usa)
- Part One: "meet Me In The Sound"
- 1. "edge, Ring Those Bells": The Guitar And Its Spiritual Soundscapes In Early U2 (henrik Marstal, Danish Institute Of Popular Music/rhythmic Music Conservatory, Denmark)
- 2. "looking To Fill That God-shaped Hole": The Evolution Of U2's Spiritually Evocative Musical Gestures (christopher Endrinal, Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School Of Music And The Arts, Usa)
- 3. Divine Moves: Pneumatology As Passionate Participation In U2's "mysterious Ways" (steve Taylor, Flinders University, Australia)
- Part Two: "lift Me Out Of These Blues"
- 4. "hold On To Love": U2's Bespoke Exorcism Of The 1960s (nicola Allen, The University Of Wolverhampton, Uk And Gerald Carlin, The University Of Wolverhampton, Uk)
- 5. Sarajevo And The Popmart Lemon: The Fractured Form And Function Of U2's Walk Through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death (richard S. Briggs, University Of Durham, Uk)
- 6. "you Carried The Cross Of My Shame": From Crippling Stigma To Infectious Joy In The Songs Of U2 (mark Meynell, Langham Partnership, Uk)
- Part Three: "escape Yourself, And Gravity"
- 7. The Technological Reach For The Sublime On U2's 360 Degrees Tour (kimi Karki, University Of Turku, Finland)
- 8. The "moment Of Surrender": Medieval Mysticism In The Music Of U2 (brenda Gardenour Walter, Saint Louis College Of Pharmacy, Usa)
- 9. "in God's Country": Spatial Sacredness In U2 (michael R. Macleod, St. Mary's University, Canada And Timothy Harvie, St. Mary's University, Canada)
- Part Four: "you Give Me Something I Can Feel"
- 10. "you Don't See Me But You Will": Jewish Thought And U2 (naomi Dinnen, Independent Scholar, Australia)
- 11. "like Faith Needs A Doubt": U2 And The Theist / Non-theist Dialogue (angela Pancella, Independent Scholar, Usa)
- 12. Finding What They're Looking For: Evangelical Teen Fans And Their Desire For U2 To Be A Christian Band (neil R. Coulter, Center For Excellence In World Arts, Usa)
- 13. U2 And The Art Of Being Human (mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Usa)