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Religions 2016, 7(3), 24; doi:10.3390/rel7030024

Hell Hounds, Hillbillies, and Hedonists: The Evangelical Roots of Rock n’ Roll

Department of Language and Literature, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd, South Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565, USA
Academic Editor: Lawrence W. Snyder
Received: 7 January 2016 / Revised: 21 February 2016 / Accepted: 1 March 2016 / Published: 7 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Contemporary Culture(s))
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This essay contends that much of the creativity driving the formation of popular folk music, such as blues, country, and early Rock n’ Roll, in the American South during the early twentieth century grew from the religious tension between concepts of “sacred” and “secular” rooted in evangelical Protestantism. This essay examines the rebellious impulse of Rock n’ Roll as, in the absence of religious boundaries, tensions, and influences, it grew beyond its Southern roots. View Full-Text
Keywords: blues music; country music; Rock n’ Roll; South; Protestant; Christianity; secular blues music; country music; Rock n’ Roll; South; Protestant; Christianity; secular
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Motley, C. Hell Hounds, Hillbillies, and Hedonists: The Evangelical Roots of Rock n’ Roll. Religions 2016, 7, 24.

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