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The holy profane : religion in Black popular music

Author: Teresa L Reed
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2003.
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"The Holy Profane explores the strong presence of religion in the secular music of twentieth-century African American artists as diverse as Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Tupac Shakur. Analyzing lyrics and the historical contexts which shaped those lyrics, Teresa L. Reed examines the link between West-African musical and religious culture and the way African Americans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reed, Teresa L., 1964-
Holy profane.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2003
(OCoLC)622724055
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Teresa L Reed
ISBN: 0813122554 9780813122557 0813190924 9780813190921
OCLC Number: 50868278
Description: xii, 183 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pentecostalism and Black secular music --
Blues lyrics : voice of religious consciousness --
Elder Eatmore and Deacon Jones : folk religion as humor in Black secular recordings --
Rethinking the Devil's music : integration, religion, and crossing over --
Evolution of the blues preacher : sermonizing modes in Black secular music --
Postlude : God and gangsta rap : the theosophy of Tupac Shakur.
Responsibility: Teresa L. Reed.

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This work explores the strong presence of religion in the secular music of 20th century African American artists as diverse as Rosetta Tharpe; Sam Cooke; Stevie Wonder; Roberta Flack; Teddy  Read more...

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"The overwhelming sense of impending doom I hear in Tupac's music reminds me of the paranoia that comes through in the music of Robert Johnson." - FROM THE BOOK

 
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