"Let The Church Sing!": Music And Worship In A Black Mississippi Community, By Thérèse Smith (Review)

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr.. Ericka Patillo, Associate Dean of Libraries (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: As a black American born and raised in the Southeast and brought up in a Pentecostal church, I was immediately interested in Let the Church Sing!, an ethnographic study of a rural black Mississippi community, their styles of worship and music, and how their worldview influenced these styles. More than an academic interest, I wanted to know the similarities between that experience and mine. Just as Thérèse Smith, an Irish ethnomusicologist with a Brown University pedigree, acknowledges that this study is “inevitably coloured by [her] interpretations” (p. 207), so too are my impressions and judgments of her work informed by my experiences growing up in a black church in the South.

Additional Information

Patillo, Ericka (2005). Book Review -- "Let the Church Sing!": Music and Worship in a Black Mississippi Community. By Thérèse Smith. Notes, Volume 62, Number 1, September 2005, pp. 142-145 (Review). Project Muse, Published by Music Library Association. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/not.2005.0113. Publisher version of record available at: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/186381/pdf
Language: English
Date: 2005
Mississippi, black community, music, rural, black church, South

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