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Satan, Subliminals, and Suicide: The Formation and Development of an Antirock Discourse in the United States during the 1980s

Satan, Subliminals, and Suicide: The Formation and Development of an Antirock Discourse in the... Jo HN bra CKe TT Satan, Subliminals, and Suicide: The Formation and Development of an a ntirock Discourse in the u nited States during the 1980s o n m ay 16, 1985, the a merican news program 20/20 featured a segment entitled “The Devil Worshippers.” In his introduction to the segment, news anchor Hugh Downs explained that “[there] have been a series of criminal acts reported around the country that have had unique charac- teristics that [link] them together. a nd the source of all this is the apparent practice of Satanism. That’s worship of the devil.” o ver the course of the next half hour, reporter Tom Jarriel, law enforcement officials, psycholo- gists, and former cult members described a variety of “perverse, hid- eous acts that defy belief.” In addition to reports of churches and graves being desecrated with satanic symbols (including inverted pentagrams and the number 666), “The Devil Worshippers” described how reports of murders, missing and abused children, and the slaughter of animals may be associated with satanic rituals and ceremonies. In one of the most memorable scenes from “The Devil Worshippers,” Jarriel enters a videocassette store to show how easy it is for young people http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Satan, Subliminals, and Suicide: The Formation and Development of an Antirock Discourse in the United States during the 1980s

American Music , Volume 36 (3) – Dec 5, 2018

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

Abstract

Jo HN bra CKe TT Satan, Subliminals, and Suicide: The Formation and Development of an a ntirock Discourse in the u nited States during the 1980s o n m ay 16, 1985, the a merican news program 20/20 featured a segment entitled “The Devil Worshippers.” In his introduction to the segment, news anchor Hugh Downs explained that “[there] have been a series of criminal acts reported around the country that have had unique charac- teristics that [link] them together. a nd the source of all this is the apparent practice of Satanism. That’s worship of the devil.” o ver the course of the next half hour, reporter Tom Jarriel, law enforcement officials, psycholo- gists, and former cult members described a variety of “perverse, hid- eous acts that defy belief.” In addition to reports of churches and graves being desecrated with satanic symbols (including inverted pentagrams and the number 666), “The Devil Worshippers” described how reports of murders, missing and abused children, and the slaughter of animals may be associated with satanic rituals and ceremonies. In one of the most memorable scenes from “The Devil Worshippers,” Jarriel enters a videocassette store to show how easy it is for young people

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Dec 5, 2018

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