Podcast: "Something Like Sanctified: Spirituality in Contemporary Pop Music"

Bill Friskics-Warren spoke Oct. 14 as part of the Divinity School’s “Like a Prayer” series.

A 1985 graduate of the Divinity School, Bill Friskics-Warren is currently on the staff at The Tennessean, where he writes about music and pop culture. He also is the author of two books: Heartaches by the Number (Vanderbilt University Press) and I’ll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence (Continuum). The Onion’s A.V Club named the former one of 17 essential books about pop music while Sojourners magazine called the latter “a definitive popular culture study for the new millennium.” As a freelance writer, Bill’s work appears in publications ranging from the New York Times and the Washington Post to Rock & Rap Confidential and the Oxford American.

The “Like a Prayer” series, part of the Religion and the Arts and Contemporary Culture Program financed by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, meets on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Art Room on the ground floor of Vanderbilt Divinity School. The talks are organized by a divinity school class, “Popular Music and Religious Identity.”

Contact: Jim Patterson (615) 322-NEWS