Hole in our Soul
Popular music in America is traditionally the artistic home of much of
our national image. Today, however, there is a profound debate over
the extent to which popular music reflects views and attitudes of wide
appeal to a general audience. The extent to which aggression, misogyny,
brutality, and obscenity are conveyed through lyric and rhythm are deeply
disturbing. Martha Bayles, author of "Hole in our Soul: The Loss of
Meaning in American Popular Music," charts the history of increasing
decadence in the artistic and musical worlds. Her views describe the
effect of perverse modernism on the Afro-American musical tradition.
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