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Mystic Chords:
Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music
  • Manish Soni
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Mystic Chords: . Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music
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This enjoyable read ties in some of our favorite songs with key passages in literature and scripture and monuments of modern art.

About the Author

Manish Soni was born in New Delhi, India and has lived in Moscow, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, London, Sydney, and Boston. He holds degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia, and from Tufts University. He currently resides in Boston, where he continues to ponder the primal sources of inspiration that inform Eastern and Western cultures and emerge inexorably in even the most "popular" forms of entertainment.

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Rock and roll, and archetypal symbolism? The same primal source from which mythology, dreams, folk traditions and poetic insight arise must also be the inspirational source for painting, music, literature, and other modes of...

Rock and roll, and archetypal symbolism? The same primal source from which mythology, dreams, folk traditions and poetic insight arise must also be the inspirational source for painting, music, literature, and other modes of creative human endeavor. Elitists may dismiss popular entertainment as not properly belonging to this sphere of creative expression, but modern genres such as popular music and film-making deserve their place alongside the recognized works of classical and traditional art forms - as the following pages aim to make clear.

While much of popular music undoubtedly was produced for commercial profit rather than as a means of true expression, many of the genuine pioneers of the rock and roll genre perceived music as a means of connecting with the mystical source of energy and creation that lay within their beings.

Citing John Lennon and Carl Jung, the Upanishads and Schopenhauer, Led Zeppelin and Taoism, Freud, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, the author aptly makes his case.

Exploring the nexus between mysticism, religion, and psychology, Soni considers topics ranging from archetypes and the collective unconscious, and the hero journey, to the use and effects of psychedelics, Gaia theory, and reincarnation and karma. With an insider's appreciation of Eastern and Western cultural traditions, he shows that mankind's ongoing inquiry into the nature of the self and society and the search for higher meaning are universal, and he shows that many highlights of recent musical history draw on the same primal source from which mythology, dreams, and poetic insight arise.


Table of Contents
PART ONE — Mysticism Chapter 1: The Spirit of Mysticism Mysticism versus Religion. The Mystical Life.Detachment, Renunciation, Wu-Wei.Chapter 2: The Nature of the World and
PART ONE — Mysticism

Chapter 1: The Spirit of Mysticism
Mysticism versus Religion. The Mystical Life.
Detachment, Renunciation, Wu-Wei.

Chapter 2: The Nature of the World and the Self.
The World as Illusion. Form and Matter. The
Unity of all Consciousness. Time and Change.

Chapter 3: Awakening of the True Self
Realization of the Great Unity. The Higher Dimension.
Love as Mystical Union. The Roots of Discord.
Transforming Perception. Kundalini —
Ascent of the Serpent Power.

Chapter 4: The Mystical Perspective
The Original State of Mind. Emergence of Ego and
Consciousness. Unity of Opposites. The Web of
Life/Gaia Theory. Reincarnation and Karma. Ego
Dissolution and The Great Void.

PART TWO — Psychology

Chapter 5: Psychology and Mysticism—
The Similarities. The Differences. The Nature
of the Unconscious. Imbalance and Compensation.

Chapter 6: Mind, World and Projection
The Mind and Its Productions. Archetypes and the
Collective Unconscious. Childhood Psyche.
Psychoanalysis and Childhood.

Chapter 7: Society and the Individual
The Nature and Function of Society. Society and
Ego. To Thine Own Self Be True. Society and
Sanity. From Nurture to Nihilism.

Chapter 8: Expansion of Consciousness
The Infinite Mind. The Destructive Unconscious.
Mystic and Hallucinatory Visions. The Use and
Effects of Psychedelics. Drug Abuse and Psychic Inflation.
The Velvet Underground's Heroin.

PART THREE — The Hero Journey

Chapter 9: The Call to Adventure
The Inward Journey. Discontentment and Separation,
— Descent into the Deep.
Chapter 10: The Struggle and the Return
The Mother Archetype. Bob Dylan’s Isis. Return
to the Worldly Plane.


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\'An intelligent, well-wrought work.\' --Library Journal, May 1, 2002 | More »
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Pages 256
Year: 2001
LC Classification: ML3918.R63
Dewey code: 781.64'11
BISAC: REL047000
BISAC: MUS029000
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