Festival of Faith & Music

FFM 2009

Calvin College

CALVIN - Minds in the Making
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Workshop #1 / Fri, Noon

Hell Yeah! Pairing Southern Religion and Punk/Postmodern Aesthetics in the Construction of Southern Gothic Music
David Horace Perkins

For creators and performers of American or Southern Gothic music, symbols of stereotyped Southern religion—emotionally charged revival, errant preachers, the amen corner, mourner’s bench, serpent handling, curses, damnation and divine retribution—find a place of prominence not only as fodder for songs, but as pillars of a vibrant live performance scene. This paper asks what kinds of cultural capital these symbols have both for the artists who employ them and for their audiences.

 

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