Download e-book for iPad: The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music by Teresa L. Reed

By Teresa L. Reed

Winner of the 2004 ARSC Award for most sensible examine in Recorded Rock, Rhythm & Blues or Soul, The Holy Profane explores the powerful presence of faith within the secular song of twentieth-century African American artists as diversified as Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke, Stevie ask yourself, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & hearth, and Tupac Shakur. studying lyrics and the old contexts which formed these lyrics, Teresa L. Reed examines the hyperlink among West-African musical and spiritual tradition and how African american citizens exhibit spiritual sentiment in types comparable to the blues, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, and gangsta rap. She seems at Pentecostalism and black secular tune, minstrelsy and its portrayal of black faith, the black church, "crossing over" from gospel to R&B, photos of the black preacher, and the salience of God within the rap of Tupac Shakur.

Traditionally, west eu tradition has drawn precise divisions among the secular and the sacred in song. Liturgical tune belongs in church, now not on pop radio, and artists who fuse the 2 are accountable of sacrilege. within the West-African worldview, even if, either song and the divine permeate each conceivable a part of life―so a lot in order that ideas like sacred and secular have been solely international to African slaves arriving within the colonies. The Western effect on African american citizens finally ended in extra polarization among those musical kinds, and black musicians who grew up making a song in church have been usually lamented as hellbound after they came upon well known luck. Even those artists, besides the fact that, by no means thoroughly left at the back of their West-African musical ancestry. Reed's exploration of this pattern in African American tune connects the paintings of state-of-the-art artists to their West-African ancestry―a culture that over two-hundred years of Western impact couldn't thoroughly stamp out.

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