The Soul of Sunrise

Presented by Chas Smith.

Seminar on the magical/spiritual aspects of American roots music, presented theatrically by Banzai tribesmen Chas Smith and Ken Narouski. Author and educator Chas Smith (From Woodstock to the Moon, and The Soul of Sunrise: Grassroots Music in America) - professor of music at Cleveland State University - hosts this presentation seminar that focuses on the Christo-pagan aspects of grassroots music in America, where such diverse musical ideas from Africa, Native America, the Caribbean, and Celtic heritage tied strongly to the spiritual beliefs of the pagan cultures they came from, came together with Euro-christian ideas as a means of survival, maintaining community and sense of cultural self, and ultimately developing into the strong staples of American music we know today gospel, blues, bluegrass, reggae, and yes, rock and roll.


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