Dylan goes to church: The use of Bob Dylan’s music in Protestant churches

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List of Authors: Andreas Häger
Editors: Andreas Häger
Place: London New York Oxford New Delhi Sydney
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury academic
Book title: Religion and Popular Music
Title of series: Bloomsbury Studies in Religionand Popular Music
Start page: 167
End page: 183
ISBN: 9781350003712


Bob Dylan’s brief overt involvement in Christianity,
his Jewish background as well as the use of biblical material in his works, has
led to a continuing discussion among fans and critics regarding his relation to
religion. This relation is here studied in the context of the “rock mass”. This
is a communion service, which is set to some form of popular music, in this
case by Dylan. The material comes from Dylan masses in mainline Protestant
churches in Scandinavia and North America. The chapter looks at stated reasons
for using Dylan in church, the means through which Dylan’s music is adapted to
serve as liturgy, and at various non-verbal practices negotiating the balance
between understanding the event in question as a divine service or as a

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