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I'll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence Hardcover – 1 Mar 2006


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (1 March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826417000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826417008
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
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"Considering how fractured popular music hasbecome, it's a wonder to find a talented writer exploring how vastly differentartists can share a romantic yearning for something more. In his well-receivedbook "I'll Take You There: Pop Music andthe Urge for Transcendence", "NashvilleScene "music editor Bill Friskics-Warren explores a spiritual bond thatlinks U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' to Fontella Bass''Rescue Me' to Al Green's 'Tired of Being Alone.' Friskics-Warren's writing isequal to the music he covers, as it creates a fresh andattractive backdrop for each song it evokes." --,

"Friskics-Warren offers an infectiousappreciation of Van Morrison, New Order, Johnny Cash, Sly & The FamilyStone, and Sleater-Kinney, explicating their gifts as performers and returning, inevitably, to what they have to say for themselves..."I'll Take You There" is like a sublime literary mixtape, designed toget snatches of 'Caravan' and 'Family Affair' hopelessly stuck in readers'heads, until they're transfixed anew by their deep spiritual promise." --,

"Mr. Friskics-Warren is a metaphysical guy. And to murder a charming phrase attributed to Will Rogers, I never met a metaphysical guy I didn't like. The author tells us how moving to Nashville in the 1980s provoked an understanding of his lifelong quest to document "the urge for some sort of transcendence" in pop music. For those grounded in rhythm and chords, this may be a little ephemeral to grasp, but the author makes a game go at explaining his thoughts in eight well-written chapters."- Tim Fabrizio, "ARSC Journal, "Spring 2007 Vol. 38 No. 1--Sanford Lakoff

"Friskics-Warren offers an infectious appreciation of Van Morrison, New Order, Johnny Cash, Sly & The Family Stone, and Sleater-Kinney, explicating their gifts as performers and returning, inevitably, to what they have to say for themselves..."I'll Take You There" is like a sublime literary mixtape, designed to get snatches of 'Caravan' and 'Family Affair' hopelessly stuck in readers' heads, until they're transfixed anew by their deep spiritual promise." --Sanford Lakoff

"Considering how fractured popular music has become, it's a wonder to find a talented writer exploring how vastly different artists can share a romantic yearning for something more. In his well-received book "I'll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence", "Nashville Scene "music editor Bill Friskics-Warren explores a spiritual bond that links U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' to Fontella Bass' 'Rescue Me' to Al Green's 'Tired of Being Alone.' Friskics-Warren's writing is equal to the music he covers, as it creates a fresh and attractive backdrop for each song it evokes." --Sanford Lakoff

"In his examination of pop music and transcendence, Bill Frisks-Warren is less interested in the gospel singer communicating with God through song of the Ecstasy-chomping club kid in a deep, hypnotic trance than can happen just by listening to the words and music of Springsteen, Cash or Public Enemy- artists who pluck your innermost chords and never let them stop reverberating. "A section devoted to "nay-saying" bands such as Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails and the Sex Pistols is unexpected, and it's fascinating to see how their agitated restlessness is itself a route out of the madness." - Harp Magazine.com --Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Bill Friskics-Warren was lecturer in Church and Society at Vanderbilt University. He as written about popular music for the New York Times, Newsday, the Washington Post, the Nashville Scene, No Depression, the Oxford American and Rock & Rap Confidential, among other publications.

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