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Soul Music Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown

ISBN-10: 0472051083

ISBN-13: 9780472051083

Edition: 2010

Authors: Joel Rudinow

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"Exceptionally illuminating and philosophically sophisticated." ---Ted Cohen, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago The idea is as strange as it is commonplace---that the "soul" in soul music is more than just a name, that somehow the music truly taps into something essential rooted in the spiritual notion of the soul itself. Or is it strange? From the civil rights movement and beyond, soul music has played a key, indisputable role in moments of national healing. Of course, American popular music has long been embroiled in controversies over its spiritual purity (or lack thereof). But why? However easy it might seem to dismiss these ideas and debates as quaint and merely symbolic, they persist. InSoul Music: The Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown, Joel Rudinow, a philosopher of music, takes these peculiar notions and exposes them to serious scrutiny. How, Rudinow asks, does music truly work upon the soul, individually and collectively? And what does it mean to say that music can be spiritually therapeutic or toxic? This illuminating, meditative exploration leads from the metaphysical idea of the soul to the legend of Robert Johnson to the philosophies of Plato and Leo Strauss to the history of race and racism in American popular culture to current clinical practices of music therapy. Joel Rudinow teaches in the Humanities Department at Santa Rosa Junior College and is the coauthor ofInvitation to Critical Thinkingand the coeditor ofEthics and Values in the Information Age.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 8/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
What Is Soul? (And What Is Soul Music?)
The "Devil's Music" (Can Music Be Evil?)
Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (The Dark Night of the Soul)
Blue Notes and Greek Philosophy (Pythagoras, Plato, and Spiritual Intonation)
Bio-Rhythms (From Formalism to Somaesthetics)
Fake It Till You Feel It (Race, Ethnicity, Authenticity in Performance)
Speaking in Tongues (Isn't This All Too Straussian?)
Music as a Healing Art (Music and Medicine, Body and Soul)
Notes
Bibliography
Recommended Listening and Viewing
Index