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Hymns to the Silence


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Acknowledgments; Author's Note; Introduction; Chapter One Imagining America: Jazz, Blues, Country, and the Mythologies of the West; Chapter Two What Makes the Irish Heart Beat? The Irishness of Van Morrison; Chapter Three Get the Words on the Page: Van Morrison as Writer; Chapter Four Caught One More Time: Themes and Thematics; Chapter Five Listening to the Lion: Van Morrison as a Singer; Chapter Six On the Burning Ground: Liveness and the Recording Studio; Chapter Seven Down the Road: Van Morrison, Exile, and the Idea of Eternal Movement; Chapter Eight A Three Cornered Quartet: Van Morrison and the Art of Through Composition; Postscript Make It Real One More Time Again: Astral Weeks Live; Appendix One - The 2006 Shows; Appendix Two - Recording Studios; Bibliography; Discography.

About the Author

Peter Mills is Senior Lecturer in Media & Popular Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He was singer and lyricist for the band Innocents Abroad who made two albums, Quaker City and Eleven. He has taught music, literature and philosophy at universities in the UK, Hungary, Romania and Croatia, and has published work on, amongst others, Samuel Beckett, Olaf Stapledon, Hungarian folk music, Pink Floyd, national anthems and The KLF.


"Littered with sparkling quotes from such artists as Kevin Rowland, Maria McKee, Kate Rusby and Fiachra Trench (themselves armed with an acute knowledge and understanding of Van Morrison's work), I cannot praise this book highly enough. Its investigative validity is agglutination to that of the musical importance of its subject." May 2010

"Mills, who clearly holds Morrison in the highest esteem and shows an exhaustive knowledge of the singer's body of work, has written an analysis of interest to academics in the field as well as any devoted fan. The complexities of Morrison's oeuvre are made visible in discussion that encompasses his vocal style; his use of jazz, gospel, folk, and blues; and the meaning and possible symbolism of repeated poetic themes and places in his music. In addition to lines from the songs, many quotations from interviews with Morrison are included." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.

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