Martha Bayles. Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music

Thompson, Daniel N.

Hole In Our Soul, an expansion of an article entitled "Hollow Rock and the Lost Blues Connection," published in the summer 1993 issue of The Wilson Quarterly, is essentially a polemic on popular music by a cultural critic.*Like the article, the book takes a highly favorable view of most pre 1960 African American popular music (particularly the blues) but is very critical of later genres (e.g., funk, rap) as well as most post 1950's "White" popular music. Thompson critiques Bayles' article through this conceptual filter of popular music.



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December 24, 2014