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I'll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence
The urge to connect with that which transcends our experience, be it a higher power, another person or some artistic ideal or aspect of nature, is one of the things that makes us human. People view the object of this quest, as well as what it means to achieve it, differently. Yet regardless of how it is understood, the urge to participate in or belong to something greater ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Continuum
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This book has a great central theme: the relationship between rock 'n' roll and transcendence. How is it that a secular form such as rock so often winds up expressing a yearning for something bigger? It also has a great title, taken from a great Staple Singers song of the 1970's. I was so ready to love this book. But it didn't come off as well as it might have. The devil, it seems, was in the details, as the author plodded in a rather unispired fashion through various great artists, many of my f ...more