Martha Bayles' "Hole in our Soul" Book Review by Grahamdubya

Martha Bayles' "Hole in our Soul"
Reviews Martha Bayles' "Hole in our Soul", which critiques the status of modern music in America.
# 109891 | 2,165 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 10, 2008 in English (Analysis) , Music Studies (Blues, Jazz) , Music Studies (History)

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This paper relates that, in her book "Hole in our Soul", which traces the origins of truly 'American' music back to the early days of New Orleans jazz and Chicago blues, Martha Bayles decries what she perceives to be the growing threat of musical perversity. The author contends that, while Bayles provides some compelling evidence, her thesis is too sweeping a generalization to take seriously. The paper concludes that, although the book is an excellent read, Bayles seems to be just another cranky elder criticizing anything new at all.

From the Paper:

"When hip-hop took off though, after Sugar Hill's release of "Rapper's Delight," rap moved to the studio. There, alterations, lining-up tracks with samples, and other such technical feats were simple enough, and while they did require skill - it was not always musical skill that was required. Along with this, Bayles tell us, came the computerized and synthesized beats and rhythms that are supposedly plaguing modern music in general (ever since disco). The worst part of modern rap though, is the breaking from traditional Afro-American values and the introduction of obscenity and profanity and downright disgustingness as a major part of black rap."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bayles, Martha; Hole in Our Soul: The Loss Of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Culture; (c)1994 The Free Press, Macmillan, Inc.; New York, NY

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