Religious Pioneers in Popular Music and Challenging Patriarchy, Heteronormativity and Racism

Religious Pioneers in Popular Music and Challenging Patriarchy, Heteronormativity and Racism April 28, 2020

There is a good piece in The Paris Review about the role of pop music breaking out of a gender binary. Recognizing names mentioned in the article, I was struck by the fact that the focus is on black, queer, female blues artists who were also involved in and shaped by religious communities and produced religious as well as secular music. Sister Rosetta Tharpe has been described elsewhere as the “patron saint of rock music” and the title and its religious connotations are both extremely apt.

Of related interest:

Learning To Fly

Because it is Time for Christian Patriarchy to End: A Reading List, Part One

How Pop Music Broke the Gender Binary


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