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Religion and Music

Punk Meets Piety For Young Muslim Rebels

HuffPost Maghreb | Rebecca Chaouch | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion

First there was a rock-singer imam, then electro-dabkeh (Levantine folk dance) and Mipsters (Muslim hipsters). Now, it's time to take a look at Islami...

Bono Explains Why Jesus Wasn't Crazy

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

When Bono and his family want to worship, they read Scriptures, go to church or sometimes just pile into bed and pray. In an interview with Ireland...

'The Days Between' and the Gospel of Jerry Garcia

Varun Soni | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Varun Soni

With Garcia as a reluctant leader of the hippie movement, the largest countercultural movement in American history, the Grateful Dead quickly evolved from a rock and roll band into a new religious movement.

Celebrating Ravi Shankar's Spiritual Legacy

Philip Goldberg | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The powerful mix of music, friendship, collaboration, and spiritual transformation constitutes a unique legacy. In celebrating the remarkable life of Pandit Ravi Shankar, it should be appreciated as much as his astonishing virtuosity.

Are Ministers And Musicians Allies Or Rivals?

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 10.12.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Eileen Guenther, the national president of the American Guild of Organists, reveals behind-the-scenes church struggles in her new book, "Rivals ...

A Magical Tour of Fes, Morocco: Sacred Music to Open Hearts and Minds

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Morocco's Fes Festival of World Sacred Music attracts music lovers and seekers from many corners of the world. It's a magical place to be in June.

WATCH: The Spirit Of Tabla

Ankita Rao | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Ankita Rao

Tabla, one of the oldest Indian drums to date, lends an increasingly common rhythm to movie soundtracks, world music compilations and fusion songs. The Chhandayan School of Music tries to sustain the spirituality of the practice.

From Rock Stars To Choir Boys: Heavy Metal Stars That Found God

Noisecreep | Posted 02.17.2012 | Religion

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson recently caused a stir on the heavy metal news outlets when he revealed in an interview with St. Louis Today that he w...

Bob Dylan And My Workingman's Blues: Confessions Of A Religion And Literature Professor

Michael Gilmour | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The study of religion and literature grew quite naturally out of the curiosities and interests first nurtured by Bob Dylan's music, and without that seminal encounter with a 1967 album ... well, who knows.

Raging Against The Machine: Tom Morello's Nightwatchman Persona

Michael Gilmour | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

With all the rhetorical force and righteous anger of the prophets, the Nightwatchman's biblically literate activism rails against the individuals and institutions responsible for the plight of the needy

Why Is Mozart A Religious Experience?

Michael Graziano | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

As a scientist and an atheist, how can I come to terms with my own spiritual reverence toward some instances of music?

Praying Through Music: The History Of Sacred Notation

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

The Catholic Church first truly cultivated the art of music as we know it. In the service of praising God, it fostered a number of innovations that inform the ways we create and transmit music even today.

The Spirit Moves Her: DJ Alyson Calagna's Omtronica

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve Ralls

Following in the foot steps of so many of the spiritual teachers she admires, DJ Alyson Calagna is melding ancient spirituality and contemporary life to bring those teachings to a new audience and generation through music.