- 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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"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
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This is the first book I've read which has neither flaw. Friskics-Warren, a Nashville music reviewer, is clearly steeped in pop music and culture and can discuss it and analyze it with subtlety and intelligence. He also holds a masters degree in theology and can bring his knowledge about religion and spirituality to his discussion of pop music.
Thus, Friskics-Warren is able to see spirituality where others might not. Trent Reznor's angst and anger express a craving for something beyond this world. The Sex Pistols' calls for anarchy are actually calls against false forms of transcendence. Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On" is not a call for thoughtless sex, but for true connections with other people and maybe even with the divine.
The best part about Friskics-Warren's analysis is that he is so skilled at arguing his points and so familiar with the artists he discusses that none of his claims seems far-fetched. Also excellent is that he does something most analysts of pop music forget to do: talk about the MUSIC instead of just the lyrics. Thus Van Morrison doesn't just sing about spiritual things; his music actually SOUNDS spiritual.
Once again, this is the best book available on the subject. It should be read by lovers of pop culture and religion, lovers of pop music who are suspicious of religion (so they can see the implicit religion in pop music), and lovers of religion who are suspicious of pop music (so they can see that age-old religious traditions and contemporary pop music are in many ways after the same things).