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Musical Ensemble at Dartmouth College Inspired by Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
February 21, 2022

[caption id="attachment_2205" align="alignleft" width="300"] Source: Courtesy of Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble[/caption] Wind Ensemble Director at Dartmouth College, Brian Messier, has arranged a performance titled “The Hero’s Journey.” The performance centers on the archetypal story of a protagonist’s progression in the face of obstacles, an artistic trope popularized by Joseph Campbell. The performance was given February 19, 2022 in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. According to The Dartmouth, "Messier said the...

Taylor Swift and Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
December 1, 2021

[caption id="attachment_2195" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo by Beth Garrabrant[/caption] In an article for The Washington Post, Peter Manseau, curator of American religion at the Smithsonian, outlined the journey musician Taylor Swift takes in her 2012 breakup ballad “All Too Well” through the lens of Joseph Campbell's monomyth. He states, "In its own way, “All Too Well” tells a story not unlike myths of yore. It dabbles not in mythology, per se, but in the so-called...

Musician Georgia English Embraces Campbell with New Illustrated Album
June 24, 2021

[caption id="attachment_2167" align="alignleft" width="225"] via[/caption] According to, musician Georgia English is releasing an illustrated album, Pain and Power, that documents English’s personal trauma healing through the lens of Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey tradition. In the article, English states: “I wrote this album and book in a time when I felt I had fallen into the belly of an unidentifiable beast. Digging into Joseph Campbell’s writing and learning more about this global archetype...

Blood Cultures Cites Campbell as Philosophical Influence on New Project
March 31, 2021

Blood Cultures, a collective of musicians, artists, and DJs, cited Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Dan Harmon as philosophical influences on the writing of their new project. "Concepts like the shadow, the hero’s journey, archetypes and the collective unconscious in which they exist all fascinate me and have been the foundation of the philosophy and writing of this chapter of the project," they said in an interview with To read the article about...

Nashville band, CORDOVAS, blends Joseph Campbell and Hero’s Journey into music
November 12, 2020

Rolling Stone magazine has featured an article on the recent work of Nashville foursome, the Cordovas, who have blended ideas from Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey into their work. The article cites the lyrics of lead singer, Joe Firstman, stating, "Firstman and his bandmates aren’t passively waiting for that brighter day; rather, like Campbell’s hero archetype, they’re actively searching for ways to expand their worldview. “Open up your heart, let love come through...

New Song and Video from Musicians more References Joseph Campbell
July 29, 2020

Kane Ritchotte and Malcolm McRae of the music group more reference Joseph Campbell in the lyrics and video in their latest song, Elaborate Attractions. McRae wrote the lyrics that reference Campbell while working as a paralegal in Pasadena, California. “So, when we were coming up with the concept for the video, we thought it would be fun, because the lyrics reference Joseph Campbell, to include mythology and do our own kind of version of...

Akira The Don & Joseph Campbell: The First Function of Mythology
February 12, 2020

British musician, DJ, and producer Akira the Don is bringing the work of Joseph Campbell to new audiences through his music. His latest album, Songs of Mythology, deals with many of Campbell's concepts concerning myth. The first single from the album, The First Function of Mythology, sets the words from one of Campbell's lectures (licensed by the Joseph Campbell Foundation) to music. To hear The First Function of Mythology, click here. To experience the...

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