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Spirits Rejoice!: Jazz and American Religion

Jason Bivins

Abstract

This book is a study of religions in the history of American jazz, and of jazz’s contributions to American religions. Going beyond extant biographical studies of individual exemplars, or cursory attention to either “spirituality” or jazz in the civil rights movement, the book argues for the centrality of religious experiences to any legitimate understanding of jazz, while also suggesting that attention to jazz opens up new interpretations of American religious history. Focusing on the outer reaches of its key categories, “religion” and “jazz,” the book explores jazz in specific religious tradi ... More

Keywords: religion, jazz, race, ritual, American history, Communitarianism, metaphysics, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190230913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190230913.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Bivins, author
North Carolina State University, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies