"Taking us on a journey from West Africa to San Francisco, Robin Sylvan reminds us that being moved by the music means much more than simply understanding the lyrics. From rock to rap, disco to heavy metal, Sylvan takes the whole music experience seriously, exploring how its very performanceand its subsequent affect on the audiencetouches the entirety of what makes us human, in what can only be considered a religious experience of sound, beat, dance, ritual, and world view... Will challenge your presumptions about the significance of music in general, these genres in particular, and the way we understand religion to work in the lives of ordinary people." , - Eric Michael Mazur, coeditor of God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture "Sylvan's thesis furnishes far more of the same valued experiences than is usually realized: ritual activity, communal ceremony, a philosophy and worldview, a code for living one's life, a cultural identity, a social structure, a sense of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous." --Journal of Religion
About the Author
is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Arts at the College of Wooster in Ohio.