Pearl Jam & American Religiosity

ImagePearl Jam successfully released their tenth album in October of last year.  The album, Lightning Bolt, reached the top of the charts in the United States and Canada.  Additionally, the album was well-received in Europe and Australia. 

At the end of October, I was fortunate enough to attend a Pearl Jam concert in Charlotte, North Carolina with my brother.  The seven hour drive was completely worth watching Eddie Vedder and the rest of the band perform for almost three hours.  The setlist included new tracks, but also incorporated songs from their previous albums. 

Because much of my recent research has focused on the changing religiosity in the United States, I cannot help but notice the lyrical composition regarding religiosity within the Lightning Bolt album.  For the next few posts, I want to examine Lightning Bolt vis-a-vis current research of the Religious Nones. 

Some of the forthcoming themes will be distrust of organized religion, non-systematic theological formations, and engagement with existential questions.  


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