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Pentecostal, Pearl Jam – music brings ecstasy to us all

Jennings, M. (2014) Pentecostal, Pearl Jam – music brings ecstasy to us all. The Conversation, 27 June 2014 .

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You have probably felt the power of music to lift you out of yourself. Perhaps you were in a magnificent cathedral, listening to a choral mass. Maybe you were at a music festival where the music made you forget the bad weather and appalling toilet facilities. Whatever the setting, music can lead us into a shared experience of ecstasy – a word which literally means “to stand outside oneself”.

For my recent book Exaltation I examined two different musical “spaces” in which people experience ecstasy catalysed by music. The first was a Pentecostal congregation in suburban Perth; the second was the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
Copyright: 2014 The Conversation Media Group
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