The Holy Profane : Religion in Black Popular Music, Paperback / softback Book

The Holy Profane : Religion in Black Popular Music Paperback / softback


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 that shaped those lyrics, Teresa L.

Reed examines the link between West-African musical and religious culture and the way African Americans convey religious sentiment in styles ranging from blues, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, and gangsta rap.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 200 pages, 11 photographs
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
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  • Category: Sacred & religious music
  • ISBN: 9780813190921

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