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Music and mortality: popular music and the awareness of death

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Publication date27/08/2015
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781472526809, 9781472527202
ISBN (Print)9781472534514
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameBloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music


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. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/mortality-and-music-9781472534514