December 22, 2012

SPIRITUALLY SIGNIFICANT SONGS

I recently contributed a short post to the Rock and Theology project website that can be read here. It is one part in a series of posts, were each contributor to the website listed what they considered their most spiritually significant Rock song with a brief explanation. I chose "Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips. To read why, click the link. 

November 25, 2011

FIRST PRESSING SOLD OUT

A big thank you to all those who bought A SOUND SALVATION: ROCK N' ROLL AS A RELIGION. The limited edition signed and numbered first pressing is sold out. Subsequent pressings of the first edition will be available through the link in the top right-hand corner of this page.

April 29, 2011

THE ARCADE FIRE ACHIEVE PERFECTION AT COACHELLA

I have just uploaded my first post at Rock and Theology website. It looks at the Arcade Fire's momentous performance at Coachella, 2011. In the post I quote some of page 114 of A SOUND SALVATION: ROCK N' ROLL AS A RELIGION that discusses the spiritual and religious language and symbolism that the band not only produces, but seems to follow them through reviews.

April 25, 2011

BOOK REVIEW #2

Tom Beaudoin of the Rock and Theology project recently posted a review of A SOUND SALVATION: ROCK N' ROLL AS A RELIGION that you can read here .

February 6, 2011

ROCK AND THEOLOGY

Ian Fowles was recently added as a contributor to the Rock and Theology project. This unique project involves scholars of religion who are also active musicians. Check out the website here and other contributors here.

January 31, 2011

BOOK REVIEW #1

The kind folks over at Linescratchers.com have posted the first known review of A Sound Salvation: Rock N' Roll as a Religion. You can read it by clicking here.

December 1, 2010

ANOTHER BRILLIANT "BERNDT OFFERING"

On pages 84–85 of A SOUND SALVATION: ROCK N' ROLL AS A RELIGION, I bring up Los Angeles artist Vicki Berndt because of her tendency to not only paint rock stars in traditionally religious styles (ie., like a Catholic saint or Lord Krishna), but also because she sells ritual items like rosary and votive candles adorned with these hybrid figures. Thus, one could use a rosary displaying a rock star to worship God. Very recently, a new painting appeared for sale in her etsy store that is quite possibly her best one to date.

Titled "Saint Joey", it is the (now deceased) vocalist of the legendary RAMONES, Joey Ramone, pictured as a glorified Catholic saint. Complete with a leather jacket-turned-robe and bottle of rubber cement (Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue), the band logo circles his sacred heart, and the lyrics of the Cretin Hop line his halo. The brick wall behind him is also a masterful touch, as it was the backdrop of their iconic first album as well as Rocket To Russia. The addition to her online store of a brooch with the image is also an instant classic, especially the display image.

Joey Ramone has been ripe for Rock N' Roll beatification since his death on April 15, 2001. It is also interesting because twice in A SOUND SALVATION, I show examples of Joey's glorification through art and advertising—see figures 16 and 18 in the slideshow above as discussed on pages 86–87. Figure 16 is especially noteworthy, as it is a 2005 piece by artist Shepard Fairey that depicts a very similar, yet more subtle Saint Joey. These artists are melding worlds of the sacred and the profane to create a unique image of American religiosity. Joey Ramone is also discussed in A SOUND SALVATION as a liberator-hero on page 52. Obviously Joey and his other RAMONES are in the forefront as one of the bands/artists that are quickly gaining popular acclaim as mythic heroes and are on their way to cultural deification, to join that quickly growing pantheon of Rock N' Roll gods and saints.

November 11, 2010

BOOK RELEASED!

The book A SOUND SALVATION: ROCK N’ ROLL AS A RELIGION has officially been released and is now available for purchase through the link on this page.