The Afterlives of Amazing Grace offers an invitation to consider a bundle of questions associated with the entangled trajectories of contemporary Christianity and black popular music — from Gospel, to Praise and Worship, and Hip Hop — in the years since Aretha Franklin’s chart-topping album, Amazing Grace (1972). Bringing together academics, artists, journalists, and industry leaders for a one-day public dialogue at Yale University, we will consider developments—from the naming and overlap between different musical genres, the blurring of racial lines and blending of church traditions, and the emergence of new technologies and media forms—in Christian music, the cultural marketplace, and black churches in the post-Soul Era. To set the longer historical context for this dialogue, we will begin by reflecting on the early years of Gospel music with a screening and discussion of the classic documentary, “Say Amen Somebody!” (1982)
Organized by ISM Fellow Josef Sorett and Ambre Dromgoole, MAR ‘17
Detailed schedule forthcoming.