For EveryManc a Religion: Biblical and Religious Language in the Manchester Music Scene, 1976-1994

In: Biblical Interpretation
James Crossley Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, UK

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1976-1994 marks a distinctive period in Mancunian popular music history. During this period, biblical language was used extensively. However, such use is markedly different at the beginning and end of our period. At the beginning, biblical language was used in the name of dark introspection, cynical observation, nihilism and pessimism; by the end, such language was largely being used in the name of self-congratulation, self-importance, hedonism, and (largely misguided) optimism. Social, cultural, economic and biographical reasons are given for this shift.

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