Music Category

May 13, 2018

Heavy Metal As Surrogate Religion – Exploring The Metal Subculture (Katrina Lavender)

According to the Office for National Statistics, Heavy Metal has recently become an official religion, with 6200 followers in 2011. Music as a cultural artefact clearly exemplifies the intersection of religion and popular culture. Andy Bennett states, in Cultures of Popular Music, that the heavy metal genre, which originated in…

October 24, 2016

Schopenhauer And Coltrane – The Metaphysics Of Atheism Illumines “A Love Supreme” (Jon Avery)

Arthur Schopenhauer, a nineteenth century German philosopher, praised music as the highest art form because it gives us immediate access to the inner life of human existence and the reality behind appearances. To grasp the “reality behind appearances” is very similar to the goal of much of Hindu and Buddhist…

October 15, 2016

Avant-Garde Jazz and the Posthuman (Roger Green)

Recently in Boulder, Colorado I had a chance to play guitar for the Ron Miles quintet.  The trumpeter / cornetist Ron Miles, is a long-time mentor and friend, and we have at times appeared together live and on each other’s recording projects. Both Ron and I come from a Denver-based…