Motown asserted the idea that Black [church-rooted] music was “the music of young America”. Because they were right, they were very successful.
You won’t read about Motown and the churches and the labor movement in titles like Black Detroit and the Rise of the United Auto Workers. But you will in this series.
Mobility is a key concept.
Things can get contentious when you cross the secular/sacred divide. And the result can often be so beautiful.
Here’s another Reading Room entry listing texts used for the Technologies of Gospel project.
Even Nina Simone’s mistakes are perfect.
Like books and record jacket covers, however, you can’t tell from looking, but there is a deep connection to Gospel Disco.