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Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music

Reviewed by Ethan Doyle White

From the guttural screeches of Heathen metal to the repetitious electronicbeats of techno-shamanic raving, music plays an important and fascinating role within the contemporary Pagan movement. While a few papers on elements of this subject have seen publication in the past, Pop Pagans represents the first concerted effort to examine this phenomenon in further depth. An anthology containing contributions from fourteen different scholars, it has been edited by two academics who both come from a background not in Pagan studies, but in popular music studies; Donna Weston is head of Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium and Andy Bennett is professor of cultural sociology at the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, both of which are parts of Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. It has been published in Acumen’s series on “Studies in Contemporary and Historic Paganism,” which is edited by Pagan studies scholars Chas S. Clifton and Nikki Bado.

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