Here is a tracing of two tracks in the evolution of musical genres that have evolved from black religion. Songs of protest developed from the spiritual through social-gospel hymnody to culminate in songs of the civil-rights movement and the blues. Born in rebellion, they envision the Kingdom of God. Songs of praise, by contrast, express adoration. Beginning with the "ring-shout," Spencer follows the history of intoned declamation through the tongue song, Holiness-Pentecostal music, and the chanted sermon of the black preacher. --From publisher's description
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
pt. 1. Protest song. Promises and passages : the Exodus story told through the spirituals ; Songs of the free : moral abolitionism in antislavery hymnody ; The kingdom come : hymns for the social awakening ; We shall overcome : freedom songs of the civil rights movement ; Bluesman Adam and Blueswoman Eve : a theology for the blues -- pt. 2. Praise song. The drum deferred : rhythm in black religion of the African diaspora ; The heavenly anthem : Holy Ghost singing in the primal pentecostal revival ; Isochronisms of antistructure : music in the black holiness-pentecostal testimony service ; Christ against culture : anticulturalism in the gospel of gospel ; Sermon and surplus : musicality in black preaching
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