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Rebellion or Transformation: Dave Davies's Spiritual Journey from the 1960s to the Present: A Contextual Analysis

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Abstract:

A product of his times, Dave Davies came of age and maturity in post‐war Britain and the Age of Aquarius—and he has been in the unique position of shaping as well as being shaped by the popular vision of modern “pop” spirituality—a spirituality very much influenced by the same Eastern impressions that captivated his peers during the 1960s. This essay focuses first on the historical precedent and context from the 19th through the mid‐20th century and how they formed the foundation of Davies's generation's attitudes and personality. The second part of the essay discusses why Davies and his peers were the target for the mass media surrounding this interest in the East, and how the commercialism he and his generation sought to escape actually played a key role in making mainstream previously obscure philosophies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760600560110

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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