No Other Name? Authenticity, authority and anointing in Christian popular music

Thomas Wagner

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Abstract / Description of output

This article investigates the role that celebrity plays in a Christian culture industry where authenticity and identity are always understood in relation to spiritual authority. In evangelical Christian (sub)culture, discourses of intention frame musical practice and arise from a historical Protestant emphasis on individual authority that is expressed in a highly-mediated consumer culture in which celebrity is a resource for identity and lifestyle. These discourses are reflexively activated through the evangelical concept of anointing, which fuses individual and institutional authority with spiritual authority. Exploring the ways in which this unfolds offers interesting ways for scholars of popular music to think about the relationship between popular music, celebrity and the culture industries in a variety of other contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-342
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of World Popular Music
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Music
  • Popular music
  • evangelical Christianity
  • Hillsong
  • Ethnomusicology


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