Cultural Icons and Cultural Leadership
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Cultural Icons and Cultural Leadership

Edited by Peter Iver Kaufman and Kristin M.S. Bezio

Contributions to this book probe the contexts–both social and spiritual–from which select iconic figures emerge and discover how to present themselves as innovators and cultural leaders as well as draw material into forms that subsequent generations consider innovative or emblematic. The overall import of the book is to locate producers of culture such as authors, poets, singers, and artists as leaders both in their respective genres and of culture and society more broadly through the influence exerted by their works.
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Chapter 11: Death, resurrection, sacraments and myths: religion around Sting

Evyatar Marienberg

Abstract

The final chapter addresses the influence of religious symbolism, and Roman Catholicism specifically, on the work and persona of Gordon Sumner, better known in the music world as Sting. Marienberg details the atmosphere of Catholic education which permeated Sting’s English childhood, arguing that his childhood experiences resonate in his recent Broadway musical and the album upon which it is based, The Last Ship.

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