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Taylor Swift and Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

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,…

Russian Linesman Musically Explores the Monomyth

Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth has inspired artists in virtually every field in both direct and indirect ways. Electronic music maverick, Russian Linesman recently completed a project that explores the Monomyth in six distinct acts. Each song is named after the relevant…

Eminem Through The Hero’s Journey

Paul Taylor writes a series of articles for the website LemonWire, analyzing the life of rapper Eminem, also known as Marshall Mathers, through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. According to these articles, Eminem’s fame and popularity comes from his…

Michael Jackson’s Heroic Journey

Aida Amoako writes for The Atlantic about On the Wall, a new exhibition in London about Michael Jackson. According to Amoako, this exhibition seeks to understand what the superstar and his mythic image meant to the world. The mythologist Joseph Campbell’s A Hero…

Kevin Galloway’s Solo Journey

Thomas Mooney writes for the Wide Open Country about musician Kevin Galloway and his new album, “The Change”. The article starts with the Campbell quote: “Follow Your Bliss”. It sets the tone for the telling of Galloway’s journey through this new…

The Modern Myth of Rock & Roll

Wayne Wise writes for the Pittsburg Post-Gazette about Steven Hyden’s new book, Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock. Hyden uses Joseph Campbell’s the Hero’s Journey structure to tell the story of rock stars, the ones…

Heroic Jazz Music – Kamasi Washington

Nate Chinen writes for the website Pitchfork about Kamasi Washington’s new album, Heaven and Earth. Washington is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, producer, and bandleader, who recently released his second full-length album. According to his fans, the music deals with archetypes…

The Beatles: Myth or Fact?

Todd Leopold writes for CNN.com about The Beatles, their success and the stories that were told of them. According to Leopold, the group’s fame grew so big that the myths revolving the band became bigger than facts, and now it…

Joseph Campbell and The Grateful Dead

Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, both members of the band The Grateful Dead, were Campbell’s fans first, and invited him for dinner. After that, it didn’t take long for the mythologist to attend a concert and admire the band just…

Blake Berglund: Archetypes in Country Music

Blake Berglund, country singer/songwriter, released “Realms”, a Joseph Campbell influenced album, in 2017 but articles about him haven’t stopped popping up! Berglund believes in his audience’s intelligence, and isn’t willing to leave his Campbell influences to please the mainstream media.…

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