Hollywood is depicting the end of the world in movies like 2012 and The Road, and the upcoming Denzel Washington vehicle The Book of Eli. Today: how musicians tackle the apocalypse, from pop to classical. We talk with former BBC 6 Music host and reporter Gary Burton and Elayne Rapping, professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the University of Buffalo.
Tell us: What's the appeal of end-of-the-world pop culture? In music, what genres or artists are particularly good at soundtracking doomsday? Leave a comment below.